Sept. 11 changed everything _ about air travel

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    Five-year-old Frank Allocco is 37,000 feet above America, face pressed against the window.

    "Cool," he says to his 6-year-old sister. "Francesca, look."

    It's their first flight. They ignore a Harry Potter DVD and video games. Instead, there are rivers, mountains and tiny cars below.
    Francesca chimes in: "Wow, Frank, look at that cloud."

    For Frank and Francesca, soaring high above the country is magical. The kids from Park Ridge, Ill., are treated like stars. A flight attendant gives them wing pins. Mom and dad snap photos.
    For most of us, though, the romance of flight is long gone — lost to Sept. 11, 2001, and hard-set memories of jets crashing into buildings.
    We remember what it was like before. Keeping all our clothes on at security. Getting hot meals for free — even if we complained about the taste. Leg room.

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