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After 9/11 Do Travelers Feel Safe?

Jamie Schwartz Jamie Schwartz
Richard Tenchka Richard Tenchka

by Beth Hillyer

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Many of us were afraid to fly following September 11th. Now five years later how do Hawaii travelers feel about flying?

People certainly aren't as nervous as they were five years ago.

Most everyone departing from Honolulu tonight will arrive at their destination on September 11th. Passengers told us that makes them more nervous. But most agree airport security has come a long way in the past five years.

For some checking in, it's a little unsettling to be in the air as we mark the fifth anniversary of 9-11.

Vickie Fluellen says, "We are really nervous about it because there were threats that it could possibly happen again but we can't keep that from flying, we can't stay, have to home."

Jamie Schwartz tells us, "I still think 9-11 has a big significance and it would be easy for them to make a another message or impact on 9-11 just that special date makes me a little more paranoid."

Many fear terrorists still target commercial flights.

Jamie Schwartz mentions, "I feel like we have taken a lot of precautions but the risk is still there. The fact that they are catching plots before they happen is more comforting but the fact is they are still planning things."

Some frequent fliers always call loved ones before and after flights.

Jamie Schwartz mentions, "Whenever I get on a plane always call from the plane and say go on the plane and as soon as we land always make phone calls to my parents to let them know i landed safely."

But on this eve of the 911 anniversary some travelers do feel perfectly safe

Richard Tenchka adds, "I have no problem travelling. I mean 9-11 was five years ago a little concerned but i think everything is under control."

Edward Manglona says, "I think the TSA really has done it's job in trying to make it safer travel for all of us."

Vickie Fluellen says she feels safer due to strict airport security, despite the inconveniences, "They are trying to keep everybody safe they don't know what can happen. I don't blame them for taking those kinds of precautions. Throwing away a bottle of water is ok for our safety."

For many it's the old better safe than sorry adage.

Isabel Tenchka sums it up, "We can't afford another tragedy. "

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