We had about 150 turtles coming out of the bay this morning,” said Marsico. “They crossed the runway to a sandy beach area to lay their eggs.”
The diamondback terrapin turtles were gathered on runway 4L, plus nearby taxiways, starting at about 6:45 a.m., NBC affiliate WNBC-TV in New York reports.
The turtle migration occurs annually at the airport, which is located near Jamaica Bay. The turtles typically head out of the bay to nest on the beach each summer. Marisco added that “staff has been out there since quarter to 7 this morning relocating them.
Allison Steinberg, a JetBlue spokeswoman, said the airline saw no significant delays. “All traffic was moved onto a different departure runway and we are seeing very little impact now.
Hey, do ya think they should waste taxpayers’ money and put a ‘turtle tunnel’ underneath that runway, just like that buffune in Florida wanted? HAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
Like all of nature…the TURTLES were here first, long before JFK’s runways were ever built! Is it possible that they penned an article back then when concrete was poured dissrupting their egg laying season?
Yes, indeed a clear conscience comes priceless. This compassion marks the cross roads where the turtle beats the rabbit, wins the hearts of the good and restores faith in our future.
I’ll venture some malicious, human hating crows had a hand, err,um, I mean wing in all this. Bet those who had the turtles do this are somewhere laughing their ass feathers off. Course now, it could have been some domestic branch of al-qaida too, or maybe a pack of welfare sucking illegals. We might ought to go, at least, to “yellow alert”.
You idiots amaze me. How the hell did you manage to pull this story down to your political mudslinging? You are no better than the monkeys that fling their crap at each other.
“Flights were temporarily halted at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Wednesday morning after about 150 turtles ambled onto a runway.” … the turtle were said to be yelling “HELL NO WE WON’T GO!”, but nobody knows why…
I hope that the terrorist don’t read this article they might catch the turtles before they get on to the run way and strap bombs on them! But seriously you should fear the turtle Any college sports fan knows what I’m saying…
My only concern is were they properly screened by TSA agents before entering the active runway? If not, I say they should be promptly arrested and forced to submit to security procedures, including a full-shell patdown.
This was a humane and sane way of handling the situation, when I’ve experienced flight delays due to incompetence, computer glitches, or neglected aircraft maintenance. I’m glad the person on duty at the time who was in a position to make the decision on this is not an arrogagant human being, but rather one who understands that other species have a right to exist on this planet as well. Who is to say in whose space it is?
This is only part of the story . The trutles will have to cross back over the runway , after their yearly orgy and the laying of the eggs . Then the baby turtles will have to follow the same path . Did any body think to tag these turtles ? Then they’ll need to tag the babies . Next they’ll have to have J.F.K. Turtle Police . To ” Protect and Serve “. To make sure , no terrorist turtles enter the country , by the way of J.F.K. Did they body scan each and every one of them ? There might have been an underwear bomber among them . I shouldn’t have done that . By typing the words “underwear bomber ” . Now I’m on a F B I watch list . Have to report in every month , and not be able to get on a plane . I hate the thoughts of being checked for a underwear bomb . Those people put their finger in ice water , before making such test . Look for my picture at the Post Office . I’ll be the one , who looks like I’ve just got a prostate test , with an ice cold finger . See what I’ve done . Just to give you a chuckle . RON
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