Sen. Charles Schumer says the recent scare at Kennedy Airport raises “disturbing” questions about the facility’s vulnerability to an actual attack.
The New York Democrat says Sunday that he wants a “swift” review by federal agencies of the incident and the security response to it.
Loud celebrations by passengers have been offered as one possible explanation for the cause of the Aug. 14 incident, in which reports of gunfire led to chaos and evacuations. Authorities later determined that no shots had been fired.
Schumer says the review should focus on security officer training, agency coordination and whether the incident exposed weaknesses in how authorities communicate with the public during a potential crisis.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already announced plans for his own review of the incident.