US Airways jet delayed at Logan Airport after landing from Philadelphia, Tuesday morning, April 16, 2013.
(CBS NEWS) -- Separate security incidents in New York and Boston Tuesday morning
highlighted jittery nerves around the nation a day after twin bombings
killed three and injured more than 170 at the Boston Marathon.
A portion of New York's LaGuardia Airport was evacuated briefly Tuesday morning following a report of suspicious wiring.
Marsico of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs
the airport, says wires protruding from a fluorescent light fixture led
someone to call authorities, prompting the closure of the upper level of
the airport's central terminal building at 10:30 a.m.
The all-clear was given about an hour later and passengers were allowed back into the terminal.
People tweeted photos of travelers outside the Central Terminal, standing with luggage during the evacuation.
Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey, said in an e-mail "Shut down at LaGuardia... Tense times on the
East Coast," according to Bloomberg News.
At Boston's Logan Airport, a security scare focused on a US Airways flight that originated in Philadelphia.
plane was delayed and searched shortly after landing at Boston, when a
popping sound was heard from a carry-on bag, reported CBS Philadelphia.
US Airways flight 1716 left Philadelphia International Airport at 9:24
a.m. and landed at Logan International Airport at 10:16 a.m.
to sources, a popping noise was heard coming from a carry-on bag and
someone reported seeing what was believed to be smoke.
WPVI TV of
Boston reported a baggage handler in Boston initially raised the alarm,
after becoming concerned about a piece of checked luggage from that
flight after it fell off a baggage cart and made a noise that sounded
like a bang.
Investigators, along with a bomb-sniffing
dog, searched the plane and several bags on the plane. Fire trucks,
ambulances and other emergency personnel were on stand-by near the
Massport, which operates Boston Logan, did not give specific details about the incident but issued a brief statement:
of an abundance of caution a US Airways flight was remotely parked at
the airfield while a bag on board was examined. The passengers were
bused to the terminal, the baggage was deemed harmless, and the flight
taxied to the gate. Airport operations were not impacted."
According to passenger Andy McKenchie, the flight was "surrounded"
after arriving at Logan; 30 minutes later he tweeted passengers were
being bussed to the terminal.
"All passengers waiting from the US Airways flight in Boston are pretty relaxed. Thankfully no one seems too upset," he tweeted.
Meanwhile, preparations for another marathon have incorporated increased security. Long Island Press
reported Long Island was on high alert after the bombings and would be
taking extra precautions in the lead-up to the Long Island Marathon
Weekend, just two weeks away on May 3 to 5.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said Nassau police were "in constant contact with the FBI and the NYPD."
will be holding a security meeting this Wednesday with subsequent
security briefings in the weeks leading up to our Long Island Marathon,"
Suffolk County Police Deputy Chief Kevin
Fallon, that department's chief spokesman, said officers are focusing on
Long Island Rail Road stations, malls and sports arenas with backup
from bomb-sniffing dogs.
"Patrols will include having
officers exiting their vehicles and walking through the transportation
facilities," he said. "Police have no reason to believe that a similar
incident will occur in Suffolk...but the department is taking
Security in New York City
remains tight at high-profile landmarks, hotels and subway stations in
the aftermath of Boston attack.
Areas like Times Square,
Rockefeller Center, Grand Central, the Empire State Building, the United
Nations and the World Trade Center site were being especially
monitored, police told CBS New York.
"We are asking all New Yorkers to remain vigilant," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
you see something that looks strange, just pick up the phone and say
something but at the same time we refuse to let cowardly acts of
violence to keep us from living in this city, a city that we love," he
More officers are patrolling landmark locations in the city such as the Empire State Building and World Trade Center site.