The island of Newfoundland is known as “The Rock.”
“The Rock” is where our story takes place.
When the U.S. shut down its airspace, Canada offered to house inbound planes flying from Europe. Planes were diverted to fly into Gander International Airport.
Speak like a Newfoundlander
Tap each bubble to learn more about each "Newfinese" phrase (the Newfoundland insider language).
In 2011, Gander was given Two Steel Pieces recovered from the World Trade Center
Kissing the cod or a "Screech-in" is a Newfoundland tradition used to welcome newcomers, so it is fitting that the "Come From Aways" were welcomed in this way.
The ritual is typically performed at a pub by a Newfoundland resident.
The newcomer kisses a codfish and is asked by a resident, "Is ye a Screecher?" The newcomer must reply "Deed I is, me old cock, and long may your big jib draw!" which translates to "Yes indeed, my friend, may there always be wind in your sails." At that point, they consume a shot of Screech (a type of rum) and receive their certificate from the Royal Order of Newfoundland Screechers.