1.What was it like to issue the "NO FLY" call to the aircraft you were monitoring? Scary? Exciting? Sad? It was confusing/stressful, and a little scary
2.Did any pilots question the legitimacy of what you were saying? Were they hesitant to divert and land? initially a few asked a question but when they heard Center dumping aircraft on us with instuctions to land at the nearest Airport (Philadelphia) they quickly understood that something major was going on.
3.How tense was the tower during and after the attacks? I was in the RAPCON (RADAR APPROACH CONTROL) - pretty tense. Lots of air carriers re-routed from NY Airspace through ours to Philly.
4.Did any of the ATCs or yourself stop to watch the news? How were you informed otherwise? I actually was in the Chief Controllers office and watched the second aircraft hit. The Trade Center was only about 50 or so flying miles to where I was sitting...so it was of particular concern.
5.Were you allowed to go home at your regular scheduled time, or were you requested to stay after and help manage some of the sure-to-be chaos? I worked my normal dayshift . The normally extremely congested Northeast Airspace was cleared within a few hours. You could scroll the scope out and see no aircraft - which was extremely eerie as normally there would be planes everywhere. All you could see where a few fast moving fighters holding over the vicinity of NYC.