Massport gets flack for Sept. 11 fire drill

Sept. 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM

BOSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The Massachusetts Port Authority caused an uproar by holding a fire drill at Logan International Airport on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The fire drill left a black plume of smoke over the airport and prompted anger from the families of victims of the 2001 attacks, state officials and people online, the Boston Herald reported.

"We see the bumper stickers, we see the flags flying, and we see the T-shirts and the banners that say 'Never forget.' Clearly someone with Massport forgot," said Christie Coombs, whose husband, Jeff, died in the Sept. 11 attacks. "What gives them the idea it's a good idea to light a fuselage on fire as a training drill on 9/11 makes no sense. The fact that they thought it was OK is crazy -- and a little disturbing."

"Just dumb," Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters as he left for a Sept. 11 commemoration. "The timing could not be worse."

Massport issued an apology later, saying it acknowledged that it "may have offended
many of those touched by the events of 9/11."

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