Panic At New York Airport After Reports Of Shots Fired

Panic at New York airport after reports of shots fired

NEW YORK,(Pakistan Point News - APP - 15th Augst,2016) : Unfounded reports of shots fired at New York's main airport triggered scenes of panic, evacuations and huge flight delays late Sunday. There was no immediate confirmation of injuries or arrests, but Port Authority (PAPD) police evacuated at least two terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport as a precaution, and gave the all clear shortly after midnight. Spokesman Joe Pentangelo said Port Authority police had received an ultimately "unfounded" call about shots fired.

A ground stop was in place until 12:30 am (0430 GMT) for "security" reasons, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Around that time, New York Police Department (NYPD) Special Operations Division Chief Harry Wedin said all terminals had been "searched and cleared." "All affected terminals will resume operations shortly.No shots were fired," he added on Twitter. At Terminal 1, an AFP journalist was among passengers stranded on a plane on the tarmac for an hour and a half. Ultimately, she was only able to leave the airport five hours after her plane landed following a flight from Frankfurt. After deplaning, hundreds of people queuing to pass through immigration checkpoints were stuck in the area for more than two hours under heavy police presence.