At a Glance
As Sept. 11th approaches, we present heartfelt stories of human kindness triumphing over terror. With planes forced to land immediately after the Twin Towers were struck, Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada, was thrust into taking in thousands of travelers. Learn about Operation Yellow Ribbon from Gander native and tour guide, Rhonda Lane, as she shares compelling stories about what transpired on that fateful day and the week that followed. At that time, Rhonda was a shift manager and supervisor of passenger services with Allied Aviation — the ground-handling company in charge of the diverted aircrafts. She’ll talk about how she and her crew suddenly found themselves in a situation the likes of which had never been seen before, and how her town of 9,000 welcomed almost 6,700 displaced visitors. Rhonda will discuss the Broadway musical, Come From Away (based on some of these stories) and the airport’s unique history and global role.