News

Boston airport apologizes after 9/11 safety drill

Boston airport apologizes after 9/11 safety drill

Photo: clipart.com

BOSTON (Reuters) – A training drill at Boston’s Logan International Airport involving fire crews on an airport tarmac on Wednesday – the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks – drew quick criticism and prompted an apology from airport officials.

“Safety and security is our top priority and constant vigilance and readiness is critical, but the exercise should not have taken place on the anniversary of 9/11,” the airport said in a statement on Wednesday.

Airport officials had warned the public that the exercise, which involved emergency response personnel, would be held on the airfield and smoke would be visible. It did not interfere with flight operations, but the move drew criticism on the airport’s Facebook page.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick also criticized the decision to hold the exercise on the anniversary of the attacks, when two hijacked airliners destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, one damaged the Pentagon and one crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks. Two of the jets had taken off from Boston.

“It’s just dumb,” Patrick told reporters when asked about the timing of the event, according to local media. “The timing could not have been worse.”

Latest Stories

in Entertainment, Sports

Was ‘Concussion’ altered to avoid angering the NFL?

Fresh
10-overlay1

Hacked Sony emails appear to show that the m arketing plans for the movie were positioned to focus on the story of a whistle-blower, rather than a condemnation of the sport.

in Viral Videos

How to make work better

Fresh
21-overlay3

Some of these tips are actually helpful ... but mostly they're just hilarious.

in National

Millions hit by data hack still don’t know they’re victims

Fresh
11-overlay

The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago.

in Local, Virginia Assembly

Attorney General Herring Seeks Second Term

Herring Mark (credit - from Virginia Office of the Attorney General website)

Attorney General Mark Herring has announced that he will seek re-election in 2017.