The tragedy put the nation's entire air transportation system on high alert. In the weeks and months after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, security requirements put a heavy demand on the regional airport's staff.
With safety the top priority, one of the restrictions that Burbank put into place at the time was a ban on all film production activity. In the ensuing years, that restriction became a semi-permanent policy.
"We had National Guardsmen walking around here in the immediate aftermath," recalled Victor Gill, the airport's director of public affairs and communications, who has worked there since 1984.
-- Thomas Suh Lauder, Los Angeles Times