Only a few weeks ago my son and his girlfriend were planning to take a flight on Jet Blue out of JFK Airport in New York. Their flight and plans were cancelled because of stormy weather over North and South Carolina. They were disappointed but it's better to be safe than sorry.
Last night around 8 o'clock when news broke of a Jet Blue plane surrounded by police at JFK it got my immediate attention. Then there was nothing else about it. I'm sure it was on the news at 10 and 11 but I didn't stay up that late.
The pilot of the flight, which was bound for Los Angeles, was trying to alert the tower that his radio was not working. Instead he punched in the code for a hijacking. There is only a one digit difference between the two codes.
Since there was no verbal communication with the plane Port Authority Police had to assume the worst and went into a full emergency response. Some passengers said seeing armed police rush on to the plane was traumatic. Jet Blue called the event a "false alarm." The flight eventually took off after 11 PM.
This was scary for passengers. However, it was good to find out how quickly and effectively Port Authority Police can respond to these situations.
Sources: New York Post and CBS News