Turtles Crossing Runway Cause Delays at JFK Airport

By Paul Riegler on 8 July 2017
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John F. Kennedy International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport

A procession of turtles crossing an active runway Friday afternoon at John F. Kennedy International Airport to lay eggs on the other side caused arrival and departure delays for dozens of flights.

The nearly two dozen diamondback terrapins went from Jamaica Bay across the runway in a nesting ritual.

“There were planes briefly stuck in queue,” a Port Authority spokesman told the New York Daily News, which first reported the story. “It is turtle season here, but it was a little unusual to get the turtles at this time.”

Passengers on the delayed aircraft, however, did not seem particularly disturbed.

“Apparently there are TURTLES on the runway at JFK causing our delay to deplane,” said one arriving passenger, Sarah mcc, on Twitter.

Another traveler, the aptly-named Spawn, said his plane was taxiing around the airport “because there are turtles on the runway. Perhaps the only excuse I have ever found endearing.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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