Dept. of Homeland Security to Investigate JFK False Alarm
The Department of Homeland Security plans to investigate the response to last week’s evacuation of three terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport after false reports of shots fired.
The incident revealed a lack of coordination between federal and local agencies including the New York Police Department, Transportation Security Administration, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.
Raucous noise from people watching the Olympics was apparently mistaken for gunfire, the Port Authority said.
Panic spread from Terminal 8, which was evacuated at 9:30 p.m. EDT, to Terminal 1, which was evacuated some 45 minutes later. Terminal 2 was also evacuated.
During the incident, there were reports of TSA agents panicking over a non-existent bomb and a non-existent shooting victim.
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