20 Years Later, Lockerbie Families' Work Endures

By Kristina Loew,  Newser User
Posted Dec 20, 2008 6:38 PM CST
Police and investigators look at what remains of the flight deck of Pan Am 103 on a field in Lockerbie, Scotland, in this 1988 file photo.    (AP Photo/File)
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(Newser) – With the 20th anniversary of the Pan Am flight 103 bombing upon us tomorrow, it's a good time not just to remember the victims but to salute their families for the wide-ranging changes they worked to bring about, writes Alan Levin in USA Today. “Laws on everything from lawsuits against terrorists to airport security were changed," notes Levin, along with new airline policies on how to deal humanely with the families of victims.

“All of these came about at least in part because of the pressure brought by an intense band of family members,” writes Levin. Their work led to the conviction of one of the bombers, and it forced Libya to pay millions in restitution to the loved ones of the 270 people killed. Still, it's little consolation for many. "For those who've lost their kids, you don't get closure," says one grieving father.