Today's Notable Quote: "We'll get you there as quickly and SAFELY as possible." - standard pre-flight announcement from the cockpit of most commercial airliners.
Quickly. Safely. If possible. That's the hope, and in my case, the reality thus far. I am impressed with the thorough, professional approach to flying demonstrated by the vast majority of the uniformed crews that man the flights I've boarded during the past 20-plus years.
Prior to 911, I wondered (often aloud) how the airline industry would handle the burgeoning number of flyers (particularly the rapidly-growing group of tourist passengers). As we know, one act of terrrorism solved the demand problem--and nearly decimated the industry in the process.
Post-911, I often find myself wondering where the people who once prided themselves on their sense of self-determination are. Are they driving? Are they teleconferencing? Are they retired? Or are they cowering in fear...playing into the hands of those who would forever change our way of life--a way of life built on the principles of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"? Hopefully not the latter.
Time will tell whether or not the airline industry can overcome the fearmongers and the weak-minded.
For the sake of our children and their children...I hope we have the resolve to live our lives in the face of adversity.