Hawaii Connection to 9/11: The day that changed travel forever

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First Lady Jill Biden spoke today about her sister as a United Airlines flight attendant on 9/11 and the panic of not knowing where she was that day. BOH editor Rob also worked for United Airlines and flew all over the world because of that job. And BOH editor Jeff was flying around the world and just missed traveling that fateful day. He was on his way back to Hawaii. We all have stories to tell about where we were that day, but nothing compares to the families who lost loved ones here in Hawaii and around the world.

It was emotional to prepare for this, and we hope you find it meaningful as well. First, we were reminded of how young and full of life most of the deceased were. And in a totally different vein, how much the world has changed forever that one day we will never forget, including trips to Hawaii.

How 9/11 forever changed travel in Hawaii and beyond.

If you live in Hawaii, air travel is a normal part of life. There is no way to avoid it. It’s hard to even remember what it was like to travel to and within Hawaii before 9/11, but let’s just say it was wildly different. While we had already entered the world of travel security, we didn’t have TSAs, the long lines, and the many rules. Here in Hawaii, we would often arrive at the airport 15 minutes before a flight and keep walking. Wow, we had forgotten how much this tragedy had changed travel here and everywhere.

The TSA was created two months after 9/11, and with it came passenger screening, checked and carry-on baggage, and hardened cockpits, among other things. Then came the removal of shoes and many other rules.

Every measure to make us safer has also made us more unhappy.

There were also new rules on the transport of liquids. With each new layer, the movements slowed down and became more difficult. Don’t forget to take off your belt and jacket as well. And of course your electronics and your food. Then there were pat-downs, air marshals and flight attendants protecting planes as a new primary function.

Next are long lines that have only gotten worse, even though the TSA has developed PreCheck and other programs to help shorten lines for some who are willing to pay extra. We remember not so long ago when PreCheck was free.

And all of this continues to evolve with the use of more advanced screening technologies, facial recognition and databases that store information about us and our travels.

And all this before Covid hits and disrupts travel again.

There is no doubt about it. The tragedy of September 11 has made travel worse, and it continues to be increasingly difficult.

Remembering the men and women of Hawaii whose lives were lost on 9/11.

Hawaii Connection to 9/11: The day that changed travel forever

Hawaii Governor Ige said, WHEREAS each year on 9/11 we respectfully honor the sacrifice of the many first responders and the memory of the men, women and children whose lives were lost in the bombings, including those whose hearts and memories are with families in Hawai’iā€”Michael Collins, 38; Patricia Colodner, 39; Georgine Corrigan, 56; Maile Hale, 26; Heather Ho, 32; Richard Keane, 54; David Laychak, 40; Richard YC Lee, 34; and Christine Snyder, 32.

Michael Collins, 38, graduated from Leilehua High School and died at the WTC. He is survived by his wife.

Patricia Colodner, 39, was born in Hawaii and moved to New York. She died in the WTC and was survived by her husband and two children.

Georgine Corrigan, of Honolulu, 56, of Honolulu. She died on 93 UAL that day while returning home to Hawaii from a business trip. She is survived by her daughter.

Maile Hale, 26, was born and raised in Honolulu. She died at the WTC while attending a work conference.

Heather Malia Ho, 32, celebrity pastry chef graduated from Punahou, then worked in San Francisco before moving to New York to become pastry chef at Windows on the World; the famous WTC restaurant on floors 106 and 107 of the North Tower.

Richard Keane, 54, was working for his job at the WTC when he died. He is survived by his wife, five children and two grandchildren.

David Laychak, 40, of Honolulu, died while working at the Pentagon. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Richard YC Lee. 34, was also working at the WTC when he died. He is survived by his wife and one child.

Christine Snyder, 32, of Kailua, died on UAL Flight 93 while returning home. She is survived by her husband.

May their memories be a blessing as we reflect on 9/11.

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