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How A Bald-Faced Bluff May Have Saved Reagan National Airport After 9/11

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Reagan National Airport is bustling now, but it was almost permanently closed in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks.
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Reagan National Airport is bustling now, but it was almost permanently closed in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks.

At almost any time on almost any day, an airport is filled with sounds: PA announcements over the loudspeakers, the omnipresent click-clack of rolling luggage and, of course, the airplanes themselves.

But for several weeks after the September 11th attacks, the airport, was empty.

With the 9th anniversary of the attacks coming up, David Schultz has this story of just how close Reagan National came to being closed forever.

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