This man didn’t know the terrible things that would happen later that day because of these two men. So sad that he feels guilty for trying to be a helpful employee.
The airport worker who checked in two of the hijackers who flew a plane into the Pentagon on 9/11 has spoken about the guilt he feels and the long road to recovery.
Vaughn Allex was working at Dulles Airport, Virginia, when two brothers rushed in late for American Airlines Flight 77 to LA. He checked them in anyway – and within hours 184 people were dead.
It’s a decision that haunts him to this day. ‘Hardly a day goes by when there’s not some kind of reminder,’ he told KCBY.
It wasn’t until September 12, when FBI agents showed him the manifest for Flight 77, that Allex realized what had happened.
On that list were the names Salem and Nawaf Alhazmi – the two brothers who had arrived late, and later hijacked the flight along with three others.
‘I looked at the FBI agents and they looked at me and they knew, and I just went, “I did it, didn’t I?”‘ Allex said.
‘They said, “You did what?” I said, “I did it, I put them on the plane.”‘
Both the FBI and FAA said Allex did nothing wrong. But that did little to assuage his own guilt – or the anger of his colleagues.
Every day he would arrive at work to find that he was completely alone: No-one would even talk to him.