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To the Editor:

Your Sept. 17 headline, "Industry turns thumbs down on air travel," was self-defeating.

It drives another stake into the heart of our weak economy and is yet another bonus for bin Ladin's terrorists.

For the many CEOs too young to remember World War II, consider the Brits as a model of tenacity: Undaunted by the horrendous bombings, life and work went on. And so must Detroit, unfettered by travel fears.

As for air travel safety, honor those brave Americans aboard United Flight 93 over Pennsylvania. They got the word, and they fought back. And as they were first combatants, their message should live on: Hijacking is unacceptable.

Keeping a General Motors appointment, my son and successor, Rob, flew into a nearly empty Detroit Metro airport the night of Sept. 18. There was virtual paralysis in our heartland.

America must again take to the skies for business and pleasure. My wife and I are booked from Los Angeles to Buffalo for our annual hometown visit.

At the Chevrolet Tonawanda plant, prior to Army service, I loved the smell of cutting oil and roar of the mighty Pratt & Whitney engines in the test cells.

After all, intimidation feeds on fear, so fear cannot be an option for America.

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