Turtles close JFK runway

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  1. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Runway 4 Left at Kennedy International Airport was closed for more than an hour this morning. The cause: turtles on the runway.

    Specialists from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey removed about 100 diamondback terrapins from the runway around 10 a.m., said John P. L. Kelly, a Port Authority spokesman.

    Some flights were delayed for up to 30 minutes, said a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Arlene Salac, but not too many: the runway is used relatively infrequently this time of year because of seasonal prevailing-wind patterns.

    The runway becomes a turtle crossing every year around this time as the terrapins gear up to reproduce.

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    How come the TSA isn't protecting us from these terrapin terrorists?
     
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    Too funny...now what airlines are calling this an act of god and canceling flights?
     
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    You think they are the Turtle Security Agency? ;)
     
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    Does turtle soup go well with goose?
     
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    Not sure, but apparently in TPE they think it goes well with Paulaner beer (anyone know if they have a turtle runway problem, too?)

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    But not an account (yet) for LGAGeese.
     
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    Your opportunity for fun and fame :D
     
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    I know! I seriously thought about it! If anyone else would like to take on the role of geese about to be euthanized, I'm eager to follow!
     

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