> And entirely different in that the people on board the airplanes on 9/11 did what the government told
> them to and just let the hijackers do what they wanted. Except for one airplane, who decided to say
> "Fuck the government, we're not going to take this shit" and as a result that aircraft never hit a
Absolutely correct except in the government part. I don't think anybody was asking "what would the government say to do", most people were not thinking about that. Much more likely they were thinking about past hijackings.
Up until 9/11, actual hijackings usually happened with the intention of making a statement or holding ransom. If you were in a seat on a plane on 9/11; you had every reason to expect that the plane was going to land, there was going to be a standoff where either the hijackers were killed, or you were released. Everyone fully expected to be walking off that plane alive within the next few days and that was perfectly reasonable for them to assume.
On 9/11, that changed; and as you rightly note; we saw the result before the day was out.