I was a Delta flight attendant.
But I was at home on sick leave that day. Every time I heard of another plane crash that morning and what airline it was, I kept worrying Delta would be next.
It was strange for me as I watched the events of the day unfold on T.V. I was based in Atlanta at the time but had just transfered from NYC the month before. I often had to go to the Newark airport for work and I used to take the subway to the WTC, go outside and sit on the curb and wait for the bus to Newark. I still can't believe that the curb I once sat on so routinely is now gone. Such a horrible, horrible thing to happen to so many innocent people.
I got a lot of calls from people I hadn't heard from in a while because they new I was a flight attendant, but didn't know for which airline, and they wanted to make sure I was ok. It felt nice that so many were thinking of me, but with every call, I felt even more sad for all the people that weren't ok.
I wasn't afraid to go back to work, though. They immediately put many changes in place to keep every one safe. I would still be a flight attendant if it wasn't for that day. I was lucky enough to get to keep my job for just over a year after that and then I had to take a leave of absence in leu of being furloghed (like being layed off, but with recall rights) because there just was not enough people flying and therefore not enough jobs for us. I still hope to go back some day. It was the best job in the world!
I think it is important for the government to tighten border security. I don't see how citizens can be protected if anyone is able to squeeze in without documentation. But just as important, I think we all need to try our best to live like we did before that day. I know it may be hard for some people still.