The lady in the seat next to mine told me she and her husband flew out of New York that terrible morning of September 11. They were heading for Canada but, all of a sudden, were rerouted to Minneapolis and had to stay there until Sept 14. Everyone was nice to them and they were put up in a hotel for free.
They were told they were on one of the few flights that made it out before the airport was closed.
She’s originally from Australia and another interesting thing she said was that when she visited Ayre’s Rock she got covered with flies! But she said the Rock was beautiful and changed colour during the day from red to purple.