Turtles Disrupt Air Traffic at New York’s JFK Airport [VIDEO]
Most of us have experienced flight delays, but probably none like this! Flights were temporarily halted at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Wednesday morning after about 150 turtles ambled onto a runway. JetBlue first tweeted news of the slowdown: “JFK is experiencing delays as the airport clears turtles off the runway.”
Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said flights were delayed only about 15 minutes.
“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.
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.”