Kathy is fearful as the plane descends into New Orleans, flying low over the city so that, according to the pilot’s voice over the intercom, passengers can see the damage. The airport is full of security officers, police, and National Guardsmen, though few civilians. Adnan picks her up and drives her to the apartment in Baton Rogue, where Kathy immediately falls asleep.
The damage from Hurricane Katrina is unprecedented in its scale and scope, leading the pilot to point the passengers to their unique view from the sky. Life is far from normal even weeks after the storm, as is apparent from the airport devoid of civilians.