9/11 anniversary today; how have airlines changed?


Today is the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed more than 3,000 Americans. It was an attack that completely changed the airline industry.

The major changes are why we haven't seen a 9/11 style attack in this country since that horrible day. Aviation analyst Jay Ratliff tells KTRH the industry had to step their games up.

“After the attacks they finally started screening checked luggage, and I am very thankful for that,” Ratliff stated.

Another change was the introduction of the full body scanners we step through to get past security.

In the meantime, both Harvey and Irma have forced thousands of cancelled flights and more than 100 thousand flights were delayed. We’ve also seen gas prices go up and that could impact the price of jet fuel, too. Ratliff says those extra costs could be passed on to you.

“If there’s an increase in prices, and the airlines have proved over the years they will not hesitate one second in passing those costs on to us,” Ratliff said.

But, he adds that low cost carriers like JetBlue, if they continue to provide service at a lower cost, will force the bigger airlines to keep their prices in check.


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