President Mark Gearan said he finds himself responding with new eyes to increased security measures and new protocols in the two years after the attacks on the World Trade Center. In Sept. 2001, Gearan was in the air, nearing New York City shortly after 9 a.m. when his flight was diverted back to Rochester.
“I may be looking at a locked cockpit door, and I ask myself, 'How were we ever at a point where it wasn't locked?' It seems like another era, decades ago,” he said in the Canandaigua Daily Messenger story “We Remember” from the Thursday, Sept. 11, issue. “Like every American, it has been a bit of a journey for all of us to come to terms with the fact that the world is a different place. Some of the issues we took for granted, like security, or living in a free and open society, seem quaint in hindsight.”