Airline travel came to a stand still for the first time in United Sates history on September 11th, 2001. Everyone remembers that day during the terrorist attack and shall never forget the 2996 lifes lost and the world changed forever.

Photo by professional photographer Tony Giese

Through a passenger window we witnessed a smoke filled New York City with its fallen twin towers still smothering.

While on photo assignment with AAA National Publication to photograph their CEO conference held in Brussels, Belgium on September 11, 2001. A seemingly mere 3700 miles away in the United States, little did we know anything about the chaos that had just erupted across the Atlantic ocean. We had uncertainty of more attacks and what were to unfold or what the future might hold––for anyone.

Now how do we get back home? We came through some “iffy” times, such as not knowing what the next move would be and understanding there was little to nothing that could be done but wait––until airlines started flying again. Fortunately we were photographing for AAA who arranged to get us out of Europe on the first 9:45 am flight via standby to New Jersey on September 12th.

Through a passenger window we witnessed a smoke filled New York City with its fallen twin towers still smothering. Hopefully we never see anything like this again with so many lives lost inexcusably.

Photo by professional photographer Tony Giese

Our trip was cut short from the 911 attack but we still managed to capture some nice images. This was the cover photo selected for AAA Interchange magazine story on the conference in Brussels, Belgium.