I totally see why no one believed you. Because I didn't believe it when someone first told me.
We were at a Disney hotel in Florida. I was in line checking out while my husband was nearby keeping an eye on our who just under 3. We had a flight scheduled that afternoon. My husband came up to me to tell me that a woman said two planes hit the world trade center in new york. I didn't believe him ...or more so the stranger that told him.. I said that's not possible she had to be wrong.
So after I checked out you could feel the atmosphere. I said I will call the airline to verify our flights before we go any where. The woman on the phone was understandably upset and told me what happened. I began to shake. She then became a bit more professional and told me although all the planes are grounded right now our flight was still being shown to be on time ...she suggested changing us to the next day so we did.
We ended up biking a different hotel as we kind of wanted to get a little away from the Disney theme. I remember trying to all my mother knowing she would be worried as we were supposed to fly that day ...it took hours to get a call through phone lines were flooded. While sitting outside and watching the little one in the kiddie pool . while being near the outdoor bars I we could listen to the news...I looked at my husband and said...I don't want to fly lets rent a car instead and drive home. He said really? I said yes ... We then called, reserved a car for the next morning. Who would have thought that my fear of getting on a plane would have been the best decision as the next day all the cat rentals were gone.
We reserved the car at the airport. Took a shuttle to the airport...imagine Orlando national airport and all we saw that morning was one other car when we arrived at the airport. Told my daughter we have to drive home because right now none if the planes can fly. It is a very long drive so you will need to try your very best to be good. We stopped overnight in North Carolina and then drive the rest of the way. On the Jersey pike you could see the smoke still rising where the towers were.
We had our car parked in the parking garage at the airport. They did not charge us for parking so it basically paid for the car rental. I just remember how odd it seemed without any planes in the air around boston.