Being only 3 days after 9/11, even though passengers were stranded around the country, they found other means of getting to where they needed to go. My first flight had less than 10 passengers on it. The flight was quiet and completely calmed my jitters - I can do this! Our flight plan took us right over downtown Manhattan, and I don't think anyone expected that. All eyes were frozen at the gaping hole that was the World Trade Center, not a soul moved, some cried as they saw their city's new skyline for the first time.
Walking through the airport, the other crew members marveled at how empty LaGuardia airport was. Normally a jam-packed, hustle and bustle, mass of humanity, and now eerily quiet. The only people in sight were military men, in uniform, carrying massive weapons. I didn't know the difference - yet. Obviously it was not normal but I didn't understand the chaos that was normally LaGuardia. Feeling ever the new girl, I followed everyone outside and waited for the hotel van.