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Letter: Displaced and confused on 9/11 in Europe

Posted: September 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.

We were returning with friends to the United States after 10 days in Scotland. The captain came over the speaker and said that air space over the United States was closed to traffic, so we were returning to Amsterdam.

We arrived at the airport in Amsterdam to crowds and confusion. There were no hotel rooms available in Amsterdam, and our luggage was not to be found.

They announced that a bus was leaving for a refuge center. That seemed like our only choice. We were assigned to large rooms with bunk beds and showers down the hall with no shower curtains.

By watching TV in the assembly room, we learned about the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

We stayed at the camp for five days with people from all over the world. On the third day, we decided we better call family, so we lined up at the only pay phone (no cell phones) to let family know where we were.

On the fifth day, we were told to be ready to leave for the airport in 10 minutes. The airport was still a mass of confusion, but we got on a plane to Memphis, Tenn.

We arrived in Memphis at 1 a.m., and the only place to sleep was on mattresses issued by the airport in the terminal.

We were in front of a closed McDonald’s that opened at 5 a.m., so we had to get up early.

We stood in line for a flight to Los Angeles. Arriving six days late, home never looked so good.

Our luggage did arrive a week later.

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