9/11: A Flight Attendant’s Firsthand Account (Special Podcast Highlight)

Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11th, 2001? Do you remember the pain, confusion, and fear that so many people experienced? 

Patrick Madrid talks to caller Katrina, a former flight attendant who experienced the events of 9/11. Katrina recounts her experience as a New York-based flight attendant who had just completed a flight from JFK to San Francisco on September 10, 2001. She was staying at a crew hotel in San Francisco when her boyfriend from the East Coast called her early in the morning to tell her to turn on the TV and learn about the 9/11 attacks.

Katrina describes the shock and emotional impact of watching the events unfold on television with her fellow crew members. She was scheduled to return to New York on September 11 but was grounded in San Francisco due to the ground stop. Katrina’s crew eventually became the first to fly after 9/11, but it was a repositioning flight with no passengers.

During the conversation, Katrina and Patrick discuss the profound changes in airline security and passenger anxiety that followed 9/11. They talk about the heightened awareness of passengers and flight crews, the changes in security measures, and the lasting impact on the airline industry. Katrina also shares her deepened faith and how it helped her cope with the traumatic experience and uncertainty during that time.

The conversation highlights the resilience of those affected by 9/11, the importance of faith in difficult times, and the lasting effects of the tragedy on the aviation industry.

Patrick Madrid is an acclaimed public speaker and has authored or edited 26 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide, including foreign-language editions. He hosts The Patrick Madrid Show daily on Relevant Radio.