I watch United 93 every year. It is my way to never forget. I watched it on Monday night. It is my favorite movie of all time, edging out Schindler’s List and Stand by Me. Two long quotes stand out.
Ben Sliney on the ground: “Everybody lands, regardless of destination. … Shut off the East Coast. Shut off all the internationals from Europe. Shut off South America. Shut off the West Coast. Nothing over the top either. … Yeah, Canada too. … Nobody comes in, and nobody takes off. Land them all. … Listen, we’re at war with someone and until we figure out what to do about it, we’re shutting down. That’s it. We’re finished.”
Thomas E. Burnett, Jr. in the plane: “This is a suicide mission. We have to do something. They are not going to land this plane. They are not going to take us back to the airport.” … “We are alone up here. Nobody is going to help us. We’ve got to do it. Okay?”Published in