The Wall Street Journal: Officials defend response to false report of shots fired at JFK Airport

The response by law enforcement to what turned out to be a false report of an active shooter Sunday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport snarled travel for an estimated 25,000 passengers, according to an aviation research company.

Officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, have initially deemed the response as appropriate given the perceived threat of a gunman shooting at an airport teeming with travelers.

Detectives with the Port Authority’s police department spent Monday trying to track down and interview more than 20 people who made 911 calls to report shots fired or report panicked crowds, an agency spokesman said.

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