Report: Snowy owls shot at NY airport to protect planes

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has ordered wildlife specialists at area airports to shoot snowy owls, a source tells NBC New York.

At least three birds have been killed, a Port Authority source tells the New York Daily News, which first reported the story.

Christie Knew About Lane Closings, Ex-Port Authority Official Says

The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.

The letter marked the first signal that Mr. Christie may have been aware of the closings, something he repeatedly denied during thenews conference.

In early January, documents revealed that a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly, had sent an email to Mr. Wildstein saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” the town at the New Jersey end of the bridge, where Mr. Christie’s aides had pursued but failed to receive an endorsement from the mayor.

JFK AirTrain at Terminal Six

This is the AirTrain station at JFK Airport’s Terminal Six. National Airlines once used this terminal. Some of you may recall National’s famous advertisements, which featured saucy flight attendants making coy statements like, “Hi! I’m Linda! Fly Me!” National Airlines was bought by Pan Am in the 70’s, and both airlines are now history. Today, Terminal Six serves as Jet Blue’s main hub. The AirTrain connects Terminal Six with JFK’s eight other terminals, as well as the Long Island Railroad’s Jamaica Station, the airport’s long-term parking areas, and the Howard Beach “A” train station.

Photographed by David N. Sommer, June 17, 2004.
Added to the photo archive by David Sommer, June 17, 2004.
Railroad: Airtrain (Port of NY, NJ).

Police respond to reports of gunfire at New York's JFK airport

(Police vehicles at John F. Kennedy International Airport after reports of gunfire in Terminal 8Twitter/Vicki Garvey)
Police responded to reports of gunfire at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City Sunday night, multiple news outlets confirmed.

However, conflicting reports over whether any shots were actually fired arose immediately. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, a preliminary investigation found no shooter and no reported injuries.

Statement regarding situation at John F. Kennedy International Airport. #JFK #PAPD @PANYNJ @NY_NJairports pic.twitter.com/eOBR0UnzVY

— Port Authority NY&NJ (@PANYNJ)

August 15, 2016

All clear has not been given at JFK. Police say there’s no confirmation of shots being fired. They’re checking terminal 8 to be sure.

— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro)

August 15, 2016

The reports started coming in around 9:30 p.m. local time, the New York Police Department told CBS2.

The shots were reportedly fired at the airport’s Terminal 8. According to ABC7, the terminal was evacuated as Port Authority police searched for a suspect.

Photos posted on social media show police vehicles at the airport.

Extent of what I can see from other side of Terminal 8 at #JFK pic.twitter.com/FGTHTTUBiB

— Ryan M Craver (@ryanmcraver)

August 15, 2016

Everyone is being kicked out of the terminal. Police on alert! #JFK pic.twitter.com/0r5WSdkFeC

— Robbie Rob (@locodoggy)

August 15, 2016

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