Stranded passengers at Gander

I talk about this article: Gander Hosted Stranded 9/11 Passengers by David Mikkelson (19 November 2001).

This is the most uplifting story I’ve read in a while. On September 11 2001, fifty-three airplanes flying to the United States were swiftly redirected to an airport at Gander, a small town of 10500 people in Newfoundland. The crew of these airplanes added up to a staggering 6500 people.

The stranded passengers were stuck on their airplanes for about a day before airport security allowed them to leave the planes. Thankfully there were no medical emergencies that night. The following three days, they lived in high schools, town halls and other large meeting places. The townspeople and the Red Cross provided food, toiletries, internet access and phone calls. Some passengers went on excursions while others stayed in their lodging. The Red Cross took good track of what planes were approved to leave at which times. As soon as groups of passengers were able to leave, they went right back to the airport to do so. The kindness during the five-day ordeal was absolutely incredible.

One businessman set up a trust fund because he wanted to donate money to send high school students in the Gander area to college, and he asked the passengers to donate. When the donations were tallied up, it was a staggering $14500.

If you’re kind to people it will pay dividends. It doesn’t matter if you’re a web developer, a businessman, a store clerk or a humanitarian. People will remember your kindness if you go above and beyond what people expect you to do. The way people repay you might surprise you. If you’re a web developer, remember this story the next time you’re looking for a job, working with a client, or meeting with your boss.