Randy Terrapins Stop Air Traffic at JFK

Turtles shut down runway, delay flights

Diamondback Terrapin

Diamondback Terrapin     Photo: USFWS/Flickr

Security officials at JFK International Airport are expert at confiscating liquids and gels, but they're useless against turtles. On Wednesday, about 150 diamondback terrapins wandered onto JFK's runway 4L, causing delays of up to two hours and forcing air traffic controllers to reroute flights. The seven-inch-long turtles, which live in adjacent Jamaica Bay, were en route to a sandy nesting site on the other side of the runway to lay their eggs. The runway was eventually shut down for an hour while Port Authority and US Department of Agriculture workers rounded up the reptiles and trucked them to safer breeding grounds. The turtles, outraged, took to Twitter: "We go straight to the runway because it takes 5 hours to get out of our shells for the TSA…and the shell pat down option is too awkward."

Read more at the Daily Mail

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