A defiant message from businesses was today fired out following the aircraft terror plot - we cannot let these people win.
Organisations representing Midlands bosses and companies united to urge their members to roll up their sleeves and get on with the job as usual.
That came after Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry said hundreds of regional business people were caught up in the airport chaos yesterday.
The Confederation of British Industry said the impact on confidence could echo for some months, while the Institute of Directors said simply - keep flying.
Chris Clifford, chief executive of the CBI in the West Midlands, said: "The first thing to say is that we should be reassured by the way in which the security forces responded, because if what we read is true, then this incident could have been far far worse.
"But there's a phlegmatic approach in the British, and that will be reflected in the business community.
"There are other ways to do business if it is difficult to travel, if not quite as satisfactory - there is teleconferencing and there are emails. We will have to find a way.
" We've all got to realise there are different ways to the marketplace and other ways to do business - we can't let these people win."
He said the business community may well still be looking back on the impact of the alert on confidence "in months to come" and he agreed that aviation components manufacturers in the region may be suffering " sweaty palms".
Nationally, Richard Lambert, CBI director-general, said UK companies were right behind the police and security services.
He said: "The aviation industry deserves praise too, for doing its utmost to handle this situation in a calm and professional way, under trying circumstances."
There could clearly be some economic impact, with the transport and tourism sectors a particular concern, but it was "far too early to know what the effect will be."
In the Midlands, Birm ingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry said most business travellers fully understood the security measures and were happy to comply with anything that increased safety in the circumstances.
Spokesman John Lamb said: "I think the message is to understand that there has got to be security measures and to try to get on with life as normal, otherwise the terrorists have won to some extent.
"All companies will do all they can to make sure that the disruption to their everyday business is minim al. If that means re-arranging meetings, finding other means of communicating with clients and customers or d iverting products through different channels, then so be it. There are always ways around difficulties such as this".
John James, chairman of the Institute of Directors in the West Midlands, said: "I am due to fly to Istanbul on Monday and I fully intend to go."