I think as a New Yorker (or anyone really), to have someone call you and say, "Have you turned on the news?" is one of the most frightening things you can hear. A pit instantly forms in your stomach as thoughts of terrorist attacks come to mind. It's like when you see a plane flying low, you automatically duck... it's an unconscious reaction.
With that said, I didn't have the news on, so when my mom just called and said, "Have you turned on the news?" I was hesitated a second before slowly saying, "No..."
She told me about the US Airways plane down in the Hudson.
First, all the passengers got out, right? Second, I can't believe it's floating.
PS - To further what I said in the first paragraph, imagine what people who live in war zones go through even after the fighting stops. People in Iraq, the Gaza Strip... Even if they survive the attacks, I would imagine they'll live in fear for the rest of their lives.