City Desk

Reagan National Honors 9/11 Victims With Poorly Spelled Idea

Eleven years later, it's difficult to know how best to mark Sept. 11, 2001 and remember its victims. It's much easier, though, to see that the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to change the names of waypoint stops for planes approaching Reagan National Airport to patriotic words like "WEEDU" and "TRUPS" isn't the best. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood explains:

Aircraft flying the Freedom route to National from the northwest pass through waypoints named “WEEEE,” “WLLLL,” “NEVVR,” “FORGT” and “SEP11.” Those flying the Troops route from the southwest pass through waypoints named “USAAY,” “WEEDU,” “SUPRT,” “OOURR” and “TRUPS.” Depending on the runway configuration, aircraft might also pass through waypoints named “STAND” and “TOGETHER” or “LETZZ,” “RLLLL,” “VCTRY” and “HEROO."

What better way to remember 9/11's tragic legacy than with words that look like they were butt-typed on a broken keyboard?

Blog Widget by LinkWithin
  • Yellowliner

    I disagree. I love this idea. Every day, pilots flying into National pass over the Pentagon and are reminded of their fellow pilots who lost their lives there. This is a message to our pilots -- and everyone else who was lost that day in Arlington -- that we remember them. Thank you for continuing to fly. I haven't forgotten.

  • IMGoph

    At least we can now pinpoint the moment when the empire crashed down upon itself.

  • UmTutSut

    Will Sommer might want to do some research before opening mouth and inserting foot. The reason that the waypoints are spelled that way is because the FAA requires waypoints to have a five letter/number designation.

  • KCIvey

    UmTutSut, I think Will (and most of the rest of us) got that -- despite the apparently erroneous "TOGETHER". The existence of that restriction doesn't change what the codes look like.

  • Will Sommer

    KCIvey's right, I used context clues to figure out that the codes have to be five letters. But does that change the strangeness of RLLLLLLLL?

  • Joe

    Wow, what a remarkably stupid and tasteless idea. Or, business as usual from the FAA!

  • Mike Rogers


    And to be flying a plane and thinking "Oh, this is where my buddy flew when he crashed into the Pentagon"