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Vancouver's Lonely Travelers Find Solace in Airport Chaplain

Posted: Jul. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Layne Dagget
Ward Perrin/PROVINCE

Travelers in and out of Vancouver with a bit of extra time and no one to spend it with have quickly gotten familiar with the local chaplain. It's not as odd as it sounds, considering how much traffic must pass through an airport on the way to a funeral or a visit to hospitalized family, often times alone and distressed. Layne Daggett, the chaplain in question, is reaching out to those in need of solace at Vancouver's airport – a change that, hopefully, will catch on elsewhere.

Airport chaplain Layne Daggett still remembers the feeling of “total disarray” as flight operations were shut down at Vancouver International Airport on 9/11.

The feeling was one of shock. The emergency alarm sounded like a gigantic tugboat’s horn going off,” he says.

Stunned passengers watched live TV in the concourse on Sept. 11, 2001, as New York’s Twin Towers collapsed after being hit by airplanes.

The reverberations were felt across North America. In Vancouver, police closed roads to the airport, and 110 planes from all over the world were grounded.

Thirty-four U.S.-bound planes and 6,000 passengers found safety that day on the tarmac here.

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