Remember when you could meet your family and friends right at the gate when they got off the airplane or when it didn’t matter what size liquid you brought with you or when you didn’t dread going through security to have everything scanned? Ten years ago was a different time in travel for those that remember. We have almost come to a new “normal” state of travel where we know to take our shoes off when we go through security, we know the 3-1-1 rule and we know that we will definitely need more time at the airport.
As these new rules and processes of travel have been added, brands are changing their products for travel and consumers are looking for different features. Who would have thought that words like checkpoint friendly, TSA locks and one quart bags would become part of our everyday travel vocabulary. Our hope is that when you visit our stores you will find answers to questions you may have and take the stress out of these rules and processes so that we can all go back to that shared feeling where we have a love and yearning for travel.
Many of us will be reflecting and remembering what happened to our country ten years ago by traveling to events this weekend. They are a variety of events going on all over the country. You can check your local paper or news for more information on events in your community. Also visit the 9/11 Healing and Remembrance website where they have listings of events all over the country. Two memorials will also be dedicated this Sunday: The National 9/11 memorial in New York and the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. You can purchase tickets for visits to these new sites.
Here is a great video showing the time lapse of the construction of the memorial site in New York.
Travel has forever changed by the events that occurred ten years ago but the desire to see the world, to visit our family and friends and try new things has not changed. A great quote is from the movie Love Actually where the prime minster says,” Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals at Heathrow Airport. General opinions starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, one of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge- they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.”
How do you see that travel has changed over the past ten years?