Senator Charles Schumer says the recent scare at Kennedy Airport raises “disturbing” questions about the facility’s vulnerability to an actual attack. The New York Democrat says Sunday that he wants a “swift” review by federal agencies of the incident and the security response to it.
Loud celebrations by passengers watching the Olympics have been offered as one possible explanation for the cause of the incident on August 14. New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was even evacuated amid reports of gunshots fired inside a terminal. However, the New York Police Deparment’s chief of special operations took to Twitter to announced that “it appears that no shots have been fired.”
Initially the Port Authority had said they received reports of shots being fired at around 9:30 p.m near Terminal 8. Xinhua News also reported that all flights at the JFK airport were cancelled due to the shooting.
Schumer says the review should focus on security officer training, agency coordination and whether the incident exposed weaknesses in how authorities communicate with the public during a potential crisis. Governor Andrew Cuomo has already announced plans for his own review of the incident.