New York City's three metropolitan-area airports -- Kennedy, LaGuardia andNewark, N.J. -- were closed for much of Monday, and international flights were divertedto other cities, after a plane crashed moments aftertakeoff Monday morning from Kennedy Airport.
At RDU International, morning flights to those airports were canceled and midday flights were delayed.
Most travelers were booked on later flights, but some, remembering the effects of Sept. 11, chose other forms of transportation, saying that they could not afford to wait.
"It is certainly not a fear of flying, but basically I have to be somewhere.I understand after this they may not reopen the airport, so its easier for me to climb in a car and drive up," said Wendell Lancaster, who was headed to Newark Airport early Monday.
Most travelers took the news in stride and were more concerned about the victims of the crash than their own travel plans.
"I feel very sorry about the people who were involved in the latest crash. We didn't need any of this, any of us -- Canadians and Americans," said Roger Lillie, who was headed to Toronto.
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