The Massachusetts Port Authority and the Boston Fire Department conducted a drill Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of 9/11. The drill involved what appeared to be a plane on fire. Boston Logan Airport tweeted that the smoke and fire was part of a drill.
“That is ridiculous. Have some respect. People died 12 years ago on flights originating out of your airport. How dare you,” one person wrote.
This is a classic example of how the government uses drills to acclimate the public, and even cause terrorism. For authorities to plan and execute this coordinated drill on the 12th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks is irresponsible, offensive, and clearly a form of terror.
These exercises and drills are expensive, and take months to plan to make sure they are as safe as possible. Apparently the Massachusetts Port Authority in conjunction with Logan Airport, didn’t think it would be a big deal to simulate a plane burning on the runway of Logan airport. Even more disturbing is the fact that the two jetliners that were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center’s twin towers, took off from Logan Airport on September 11, 2001.
It would be stunningly surprising to think this would not offend people nationwide, and by Noon the Port Authority issued an apology on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11. Safety and security is our top priority and constant vigilance and readiness is critical, but the exercise should not have taken place on the anniversary of 9/11. The airport community recognizes the day with moments of silence, a service in the chapel, and a wreath at the 9/11 memorial.
Governor Duval Patrick issued a statement saying “It’s just dumb. I mean the timing could not be worse,” Patrick told State House News reporters. However, it would be hard to imagine that the Governor who shut down 100 square miles around Boston During the Boston Bombings, was not informed on the drill set to take place.