Virginia Buckingham, ‘woman blamed for 9/11’, notes COVID parallels, and glimmers of hope, at Great Conversations

Virginia Buckingham was CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority, in charge of Boston’s Logan Airport on September 11, 2001. Two of the four flights hijacked that day flew out of Logan.

She was sued for wrongful death by a September 11th family member. The court absolved her of responsibility, but she was tormented by guilt.

She has written a book, On My Watch: A Memoir, about the experience, and recently was one of the ‘Conversationalists’ in the Morris Arts Great Conversations Zoom event, reports Kevin Coughlin for

Now, Buckingham works for Pfizer, and notices parallels between 9/11 and COVID, saying, “Everyone’s blaming everybody else for not reacting fast enough, or not meeting the right way or whatever, instead of just accepting this as a pandemic, for goodness sakes.

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