America's Airports Remaining Vigilant Following Turkey Attack and Bomb Scare at JFK
Following the attack on a Turkish airport, the JetBlue terminal at New York’s JFK Airport was evacuated due to a false alarm bomb scare that caused pandemonium in the area.
Hours after suicide bombers detonated themselves at Ataturk Airport, there was a chaotic scene at JFK as passengers were ordered outside the terminal.
A Port Authority spokesperson said a suspicious package was found inside the area, according to The New York Daily News. An NYPD bomb squad determined the item was not explosive and the terminal was reopened.
JetBlue said: "A customer left a bag unattended in the check-in area," adding that the terminal was evacuated "out of an abundance of caution."
After the attacks by three bombers in Turkey, the grim spectre of terrorism is hanging over the upcoming July 4 holiday.
America is on edge as millions of passengers head to the airports for the long weekend.
On Wednesday morning, there was a visible security presence and long delays at JFK.
The fears are heightened after ISIS has called for attacks during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which ends July 5.
"Make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers, especially in Europe and America," ISIS said.
On Monday, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning telling Americans to avoid certain areas.
"Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations," the warning said.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey posted on Twitter:
Following the attack in Turkey, a spokesperson for LAX said security at the airport will “remain vigilant in our mission.”