'I didn't know that terrorists were planning to use planes themselves as weapons,' on 9/11 says former Boston airport director

"As the head of Logan Airport, I became the center of the storm of blame by politicians and the media and some members of the public," says Virginia Buckingham.

The Randy Tobler Show
June 04, 2020 - 7:30 am

(KFTK) – Former head of the Boston Port Authority, which operates Boston's Logan Airport, Virginia Buckingham joined Randy to promote her new recently published memoir, On My Watch.

Buckingham says she dealt with the blame from media and politicans for many years following 9/11, "I didn't know that terrorists were planning to use planes themselves as weapons, no one knew that, yet I was held to account that I should have known. That struggle within took me a long time to understand that I couldn't have known, and I didn't do anything wrong at the time. I wish to God that I had known and raised the alarm, but I didn't."

Buckingham relates the Covid-19 outbreak to her time at Logan, saying that systems need to be put in place to prevent future outbreaks, "that is really what people ought to be focused on, solving the problem, not trying to blame someone or some thing for something that wasn't forseeable or controllable and really took us all by surprise."

She says it was difficult to move on following the 9/11 attacks, "I felt a lot of shame around that until I came to the realization that you can't move on from something so traumatic and shattering.  That really says you ought to just forget about it and put it in the past, but trauma stays with you and pain stays with you just like joy and meaning stay with you.  What is wrong with carrying them together?"

Find Virginia Buckingham's book HERE


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