JFK airport terminal evacuated following ‘security incident’

A ‘security incident’ prompted an evacuation at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday morning until early afternoon, when the incident was finally resolved after a team arrived anti-bombs at the scene, according to reports.

JFK International Posted a tweet about the incident at 11:26 a.m., saying the Port Authority Police Department was investigating the matter in Terminal Four, which WNBC says is the airport’s largest terminal.

In the social media post and subsequent tweets, the airport did not elaborate on what the “security incident” was, but quoting a Port Authority spokesperson, WNBC reported that a ” unattended bag” was the cause of the fear.

“Eyewitnesses called to say more than a thousand people were outside the terminal,” WABC reported. At 11:47 a.m. the airport tweeted again, noting that “the arrivals and departures levels at Terminal 4 remain closed to incoming traffic”, adding that “traffic delays” are to be expected.

The New York Police Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene to investigate the incident, the New York Post reported, citing a spokesperson.


Bomb Squad investigators and K-9 teams estimated that the unattended baggage safe and airport operations resumed around 12 p.m.

The bag contained a common household product that K-9s are trained to detect, a law enforcement source told News 4.

At 12:21 p.m., JFK International announcement the threat had been averted.

While travelers faced a slew of cancellations and delays this July 4 weekend, JFK doesn’t appear to be facing any major setbacks as a result of the incident.

According to flight tracking website Flight Aware, just 1% of flights out of JFK were canceled as of 4:08 p.m. Sunday, and 12% were delayed.

“We expect minor operational impact as this time of day has fewer scheduled departures than morning and evening,” a Delta Airlines spokesperson said, according to WABC.


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