The Orlando, Florida based Airtran offered to refund air fare, reimburse tickets bought from US Airways, and offered the family of nine and friend to fly them back to Washington, free of charge Friday in an effort to apologize.
"We apologize to the passengers, to the nine who had to undergo extensive interviews from authorities and the 95 who made the flight. Nobody on Flight 175 reached their destination on time New Year's Day and we regret it." said AirTran in a statement
Atif Irfan, a Muslim and U.S. citizen and tax attorney, said the apology was appreciated, but the family and friend would not fly home on AirTran since other tickets had already been purchased. "It's definitely nice to hear," he said.