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April 28th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen!

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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.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mark Green

    Panic in NY is laughable. Only a moron would mistake Air Force One for a terrorist attack. Perhaps it was a political decision to panic everybody into herd stampede mode. I am so sick and tired of hearing about 9/11. The number of people killed was insignificant, but makes for great headlines without having to do any real investigating. More people die due to pollution every day in the USA than died on 9/11. Where is the panic about the environment? A problem that affects many more Americans each and every day. The whole situation would be comical if it wasn't such a tragedy in the making. Thats why people from other countries laugh at the "stupid Americans". Wake up people, and get your priorities right, when the environment is so depleted you cannot get a plane in the air, it will be way too late to panic that you can't breathe the air, dummies.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  2. Randy

    The recent cost analysis of this irresponsible flyover is incorrect. Did they bother to take into account the tens of thousands of people and the productivity impact, loss of wages, etc.
    Hmmm, just another example of fiscal irresponsibility.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:13 am |

    I agree this was a horrible idea from a gov. official. The administration if notified before hand should take responsiblity, but if not notified Calderon should be held accountable, responsible, and reprimanded severely for using exceptionally poor judgement.

    April 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  4. pointofview

    the administration has to take responsibility for this and not just another "oops sorry". It is said that it costs about 70,000 every hour to operate Air Force 1 not to mention how much it cost to have a military escort. So for an Obama to scold the previous administration for spending only to fly all over the country to give campaign speeches and to allow such lose controls over an aircraft that is meant specifically for the POTUS is such a bad use of tax payer funds. Where is the accountability from the administration and where is the accountability from media? I thought we had enough of this political junk and was the reason obama was elected. Instead we have more of the same and then some. Quit playing cheerleader for this administration

    April 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm |