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Profile: New York Port Authority

 
  

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1998: FAA Testing Reveals Frightening Airport Security Lapses; Little Done in Response Except Small Penalties      Complete 911 Timeline

       The FAA creates “Red Teams” —small, secretive teams traveling to airports and attempting to foil their security systems—in response to the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am 747 over Scotland. According to later reports, the Red Teams conduct extensive testing of screening checkpoints at a large number of domestic airports in 1998. The results were frightening: “We were successful in getting major weapons—guns and bombs—through screening checkpoints with relative ease, at least 85 percent of the time in most cases. At one airport, we had a 97 percent success rate in breaching the screening checkpoint. ... The individuals who occupied the highest seats of authority in the FAA were fully aware of this highly vulnerable state of aviation security and did nothing.” [New York Times, 2/27/02] In 1999, the New York Port Authority and major airlines at Boston's Logan Airport will be “fined a total of $178,000 for at least 136 security violations [between 1999-2001]. In the majority of incidents, screeners hired by the airlines for checkpoints in terminals routinely [fail] to detect test items, such as pipe bombs and guns.” [Associated Press, 9/12/01 (C)]
People and organizations involved: New York Port Authority, Federal Aviation Administration
          

July 24, 2001: World Trade Center Ownership Changes Hands For the First Time      Complete 911 Timeline

      
Larry Silverstein.
Private businessman Larry Silverstein's $3.2 billion purchase of the World Trade Center is finalized, giving him de facto ownership with a 99-year lease of the building. [Ireizine, 7/26/01] It is the only time the WTC has ever changed hands. It was previously owned by the New York Port Authority, a bi-state government agency. [ICSC, 4/27/01] After 9/11, Silverstein attempts to get $7 billion in insurance for the 9/11 destruction of the WTC towers. [Guardian, 10/24/01] In late 2004, he will be tentatively awarded $2.2 billion, double what insurance companies offered to pay him. [UPI, 12/6/04] A judge also makes a ruling that keeps open the possibility he could eventually receive as much as $6.4 billion. [Associated Press, 12/7/04]
People and organizations involved: New York Port Authority, Larry Silverstein, World Trade Center
          

9:10 a.m.: Port Authority Tells La Guardia Airport WTC Crashes Are Criminal Acts      Complete 911 Timeline

       According to released transcripts, a caller from the Port Authority police desk tells a La Guardia Airport control tower employee that, “they are considering [the crashes into the WTC] a criminal act.” The control tower employee replies, “We believe that, and we are holding all aircraft on the ground.” [Associated Press, 12/29/03] La Guardia is one of two major New York City airports, and the Port Authority patrol both the WTC and the city's airports.
People and organizations involved: New York Port Authority, La Guardia Airport
          

9:13 a.m.: Port Authority Asks New York Airports About Hijacked Planes, Airports Know Little      Complete 911 Timeline

       A Port Authority police officer calls a flight controller at La Guardia Airport in New York City. The officer asks, “They are inquiring whether or not you can call Kennedy's tower, because they can't get through, and inquire whether or not they had any contact with these aircrafts.” The flight controller responds, “At this time, we do not think that anyone in the FAA had any contact with them.” [New York Times, 12/30/03] “Kennedy” is a reference to John F. Kennedy Airport, another major airport in New York City. Port Authority police, who patrol both the WTC and the airports, seek information from the controllers about the hijackers. However, the controllers are unable to offer any news. [New York Times, 12/30/03]
People and organizations involved: John F. Kennedy, Federal Aviation Administration, New York Port Authority, La Guardia Airport
          

9:21 a.m.: All New York City Bridges and Tunnels Are Closed      Complete 911 Timeline

       The New York City Port Authority closes all bridges and tunnels in New York City. [New York Times, 9/12/01; Associated Press, 8/19/02 (B); MSNBC, 9/22/01; CNN, 9/12/01]
People and organizations involved: NBC, New York Port Authority
          

September 21, 2001: Congress Approves Aid Package for Airline Industry, 9/11 Victims      Complete 911 Timeline

       Congress approves a $15 billion federal aid package for the battered US airline industry, and sets up a government fund to compensate 9/11 victims' relatives. [Los Angeles Times, 9/22/01] However, relatives are only allowed to sue US-designated terrorists, and if they sue anyone else, they are not entitled to any compensation money. The law also limits the airlines' liability to the limits of their insurance coverage—around $1.5 billion per plane. [Los Angeles Times, 1/17/02] Nevertheless, some later sue entities that make them ineligible for the fund, such as the Port Authority, owner of the WTC.
People and organizations involved: New York Port Authority, US Congress
          

September 10, 2002: Port Authority Sued by Relatives and Insurance Companies      Complete 911 Timeline

       Right before a one-year deadline, the Port Authority, the government body that owns the WTC complex, is sued by five insurance companies, one utility and 700 relatives of the WTC victims. The insurance companies and utility are suing because of safety violations connected to the installation of diesel fuel tanks in 1999 that many blame for the collapse of WTC Building 7. [Dow Jones News, 9/10/02] The relatives' lawsuit is much more encompassing, and even blames the Port Authority for the Flight 93 hijacking (the Port Authority owns Newark airport, where the flight originated). The relatives' lawsuit is likely to lie dormant for at least six months as evidence is collected. Relatives are also considering suing the airlines, security companies, and other entities. [Newsweek, 9/13/02]
People and organizations involved: World Trade Center, New York Port Authority
          

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