A training drill at Boston's Logan International Airport on an airport tarmac on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks was swiftly criticized and led to an apology from airport officials.
The airport announced on Facebook it would be running a drill that would include smoke on the airfield at about 10 a.m. People quickly reacted to the post and were outraged that the airport would conduct a drill on Sept. 11.
“Purposely inducing smoke, fire and alarms at an airport on 911 is nothing more than terrorism,” one woman posted.
Airport officials released a statement shortly after the drill apologizing for conducting the fire training exercise.
"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 statement read.
Two of the four commercial jets that were hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 departed from Logan International Airport.
Earlier Wednesday, a service that included a moment of silence and a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the local 9/11 memorial.
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An aerial view of Logan airport and the greater Boston area as photographed on June 4, 2013 in Boston, Mass.
First published September 11 2013, 12:59 PM