Video Spotlight: Intimidated Freedom – 9/11 and Travel

  • WHL Group
  • 11 September 2011

It’s not an exaggeration to state that 10 years ago today the world changed dramatically for a huge number of people. Aside from the obvious tragedy of the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington, DC, the events of that day have had a major impact on the ways that many of us live our lives. This is, of course, a hugely personal subject and we don’t presume to comment on everyone’s experience with any sort of authority. But we would like to take a moment to think about how 9/11 and the decade since have had an effect on a subject close to our hearts – Travel.

Like it or loathe it, air travel is what has made it possible for the vast majority of us explore the world. To see such an empowering resource infiltrated and exploited as part of the 9/11 attacks was a particularly bitter pill for many to swallow. A technology that has brought us closer to new countries, new peoples and new experiences, turned against us in attempt to curb those freedoms had a horrible irony to it.

Harder still, for lovers of freedom and exploration, has been living through a post-9/11  world, where in order to travel one must undergo scrutiny and suspicion. Anyone who has taken a flight in the last few years is familiar with the increased security that has now become the new normal. More thorough checks are standard. The freedoms promised by travel remain, but the route to them – by air, at least – has become more restricted and intimidating.

This video produced by the BBC’s Fast Track travel show (click here or on the image below to view) takes a look at the impact of 9/11 on travel. It provides a good overview of the challenges posed by the attacks and how the world has adjusted to cope in their wake.

Click here to watch Fast Track - The Legacy of 9/11 on Global Travel

We agree with the sentiments expressed by Chris Anderson toward the end of this feature about 9/11 and travel; travel has lost none of its appeal. We still yearn to explore our world and will use every opportunity to do so… responsibly, sustainably and with an eye on keeping things local. Although the path to so doing may have been made harder as a result of the events of 9/11, we are in no way daunted.

The joy of travel remains and we will continue to pursue the freedoms it promises us.

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2 Responses to “Video Spotlight: Intimidated Freedom – 9/11 and Travel”

  1. Lee Sheridan says:

    I remember my first flight – I was allowed to go into the cockpit and meet the pilots. Flying is now just a necessary hassle to get to where you want to be, its no longer part of the experience.

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