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Senator Calling for Review After False Reports of Gunshots at JFK Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 22, 2016

Senator Calling for Review After False Reports of Gunshots at JFK Airport

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United States Senator Chuck Schumer has called for a full review of the security measures taken by officials at John. F. Kennedy International Airport following last week’s false reports of shots fired.

According to ABC News, Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling for a “swift” review of how prepared the New York City airport would be for a potential security breach. The call for an investigation stems from witness accounts that claim security personnel and travelers running on the airport’s tarmac after they believed shots had been fired.

The hope behind opening a review would be to look deeper at security training, interagency coordination and how much information should be and was shared with the public during the incident.

In addition to Sen. Schumer’s request for a full review, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is already investigating and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also requested a formal incident report.

The incident reportedly began shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 14, when sources told that a celebration for Usain Bolt’s Olympic victory was interpreted as possible shots being fired. The misidentified noises resulted in a shutdown of two terminals at John. F. Kennedy International Airport, as well as part of a highway leading to the airport.

The entire incident lasted around three hours.

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