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Reaction to the low flying planes over New York and New Jersey elicited mixed response by viewers. Some were deeply concerned about the event taking place without warning, causing “public alarm.” Others felt “there are a bunch of whiners living in New York” who need to “grow up, quit whining and move on” from the tragedy of 9/11.
- Raymond: I certainly understand the public alarm created by the “photo-op flyover”. Nine eleven will always be a “watershed” incident for our nation, and it is obvious that more thought and judgment should have preceded the incident as it was being conceived. In fact, only last night I met a gentleman who was with the NYFD as it responded to the tragedy, and the pain and horror he felt then and still feels even now, was evident ,”in spades”. However, I do hope that there were also New Yorkers who, when they looked up and saw a large commercial type aircraft flying low over Lower Manhattan, also noted that there was a jet fighter plane right on the tail of the large aircraft. A moment or two of reflection on the situation should have resulted in one of two possible conclusions being reached. One, that the fighter was a valid escort; or two, that the large aircraft was about to receive a rocket in the rear; and that, yes, our government is trying to look after us!
- Ken: Your story about all the upset people over a plane flying over New York reinforces for me that there are a bunch of whiners living in New York. So are planes to never fly over New York again? Look at all the other people in this world who have had bad stuff happen to them. Grow up, quit whining & move on.
Recognizing that Americans are still very sensitive to the tragedy of 9/11, do you believe NY / NJ overreacted to seeing the low flying planes in their skies? How would you have reacted in a similar situation?
From an economic perspective, viewers were asking why Washington decided to “WASTE OUR money on a stupid photo op,” when it would have been simpler to “’cut and paste’ Air Force One flying over the Statue of Liberty.” Others believed that the “Government had a very good reason for requesting that the people of NYC and NJ not be informed prior to the low flying plane's” and could be “looking out for our best interests.”
- Kaye: I would like to know why, with the economy the way it is right now, ANYONE thought this flyover was a good idea! Look at the amount of fuel that was wasted. TAXPAYER MONEY PAID FOR THAT! There are millions of taxpayers losing their homes, losing their jobs, some struggling to KEEP their homes and jobs and some idiot in Washington decides to WASTE OUR money on a stupid photo op. Let him lose his job, home, and car.
- Mel: Why not "cut and paste" Air Force one flying over the Statue of Liberty. Save the fuel, save the expense, save the embarrassment.
- Let's consider the possibility that the US Government had a very good reason for requesting that the people of NYC and NJ not be informed prior to the low flying plane's appearance yesterday. Is it just me, or does "photo shoot" sound a bit like "the dog ate my homework"? Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and recognize that they are NOT dumb and are indeed looking out for our best interests.
Who should take responsibility for the “flyover” fiasco? Give us your opinion on this event.