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KCI travelers change plans

November 13, 2001

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Some passengers headed for New York from Kansas City International Airport on Monday changed their plans after an American Airlines plane crashed into a Queens, N.Y., neighborhood.

A Vanguard Airlines flight scheduled to take off at 9:20 a.m. for LaGuardia International Airport had to wait until 1:30 p.m. because New York airports were temporarily closed.

A second Vanguard flight was to take off from KCI for LaGuardia at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

"Some passengers did decide to cancel their trips or fly back home," Vanguard spokesman Alan Carr said. "We helped them with those arrangements."

There were about 77 passengers booked on each of the flights, but Carr said he didn't know how many changed their minds about going to New York.

A morning Continental Airlines flight from KCI to Newark, N.J., was delayed until afternoon, a spokesman said. A second afternoon flight was canceled.

No one was available for comment at United and American airlines concerning KCI flights.

Lawrence travelers didn't seem to be overly concerned about the crash, a travel agency manager said.

"We had one call from someone wanting to know if she was scheduled to fly on the same type of plane that crashed, but that was about all," said Ruth Nye, manager of Adventure Travel, 544 Columbia Drive.

Spokesmen for the Federal Aviation Administration, KCI Police, and KCI Public Affairs said there had been no security changes or policy changes concerning operations at KCI following the New York crash.

But President Bush Monday announced increased security measures at airports for the holiday season. He said there will be a 25 percent increase in National Guard personnel protecting airports.

The call up of additional guardsmen will begin immediately, Bush said.

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