Airport under fire for 9/11 fire drill

2013-09-12 14:04
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Boston - The operators of Boston Logan International Airport have apologised for holding an emergency fire training drill on Wednesday, on the anniversary of 9/11.

TravelMole reports that hundreds of people criticised the airport on its Facebook page after it held a fire drill, which included the use of roaring flames and heavy smoke, on the anniversary of the World Trade Centre attacks.

The airport informed their Facebook fans about the drill, posting the following update: "The fire department will be training this morning. Smoke on the airfield is part of the training."

The decision was met by disbelief from users, most calling it extremely insensitive. 

"Seriously?? Today?? Who is the idiot who thought this was a good idea??" Niles Lunetta said, while Kirsty Farran expressed a similar sentiment, saying: "This is the stupidest idea!!! How clueless & insensitive can you be to do it on this day of all days?!?!?"

Other comments included:

Daniel Fallon - Of all the days to do this training???? Like travelers aren't going to be on edge enough already.

Colby Heywood - This is the most nervous day for people to fly. I feel bad for the people who don't have access to your FB page and think that our country is once again under attack.

Sasha Carey - Who ever decided to conduct a drill on 9/11 should be dumped in the harbor.

In a statement, Massachusetts Port Authority apologised and said it understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of September 11.

They also posted a response on the Facebook page, reading: "Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11. Safety and security is our top priority and constant vigilance and readiness is critical, but the exercise should not have taken place on the anniversary of 9/11. The airport community recognizes the day with moments of silence, a service in the chapel, and a wreath at the 9/11 memorial."

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told the Boston Globe the decision to hold the drill was "just dumb".

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