The Imperfect Science of Dealing with Airport Emergencies

Email a Friend
A Port Authority police officer stands guard at LaGuardia Airport.

Elected officials, from Mayor Bill de Blasio to Governor Andrew Cuomo, are calling for law enforcement agencies to investigate the communication breakdowns that led to panic over false reports of an active shooter at John F. Kennedy International Airport over the weekend. But while confusion in the moment was a factor, security expert James Norton says that it was just one factor that contributed to the chaos.

In a conversation with WNYC's Soterios Johnson, Norton explains how confusion over security jurisdiction at the airport and poor communication with the public helped the situation spiral out of control.