The Terrifying JFK Airport Shooting that wasn’t

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It has been called a story that wasn’t really a story, but the chaos that ensued at one of the country’s busiest airports – JFK- after a mistaken report of gunshots calls into the question the security of airports in a post 9/11 world.

In a first hand account that appears in last week’s New York Magazine, writer David Wallace-Wells chillingly details the horror he and his wife found themselves in that evening.  Security Guards sobbed openly, not knowing what to do.  Passengers were herded like cattle from one area to the next, with little or no direction.  As for the police, they were nowhere to be found.

“Panic turned us all into animals,” Wells said.

What went wrong?  What safeguards can be implemented to prevent similar situations?  You can read the full story here.

 

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