What if the terrorists were stopped at the airport that day? What kind of a world would we live in now?
How would we travel?
Would the travel industry be in crisis eight years later?
Would they be giving away hotel rooms in Las Vegas?
Would car rental prices be so expensive that we take the bus, instead?
Would “unbundling” have ever happened? Would airlines still lie to us about their fares?
Would we be able to check a bag for free?
Would Northwest Airlines still exist? How about ATA Airlines? And Aloha Airlines? And Independence Air?
Would we have a Transportation Security Administration? Would we have to remove our shoes, surrender our liquids and gels, and subject ourselves to humiliating pat-downs when we fly?
Would we be able to visit Canada and Mexico without flashing a passport at the border?
Would we feel safer overseas?
Would we be at war?
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