Town: MacArthur Airport Threat Deemed a False Alarm

Suffolk Police investigation Monday afternoon at Islip Town facility didn't impede flight operation activities.

A call to Suffolk Police about a possible bomb at Long Island MacArthur Airport at noon on Monday was determined a false alarm, according to Islip Town officials.

Suffolk Police officers were dispatched to the town airport, complete with a canine unit and emergency response trucks, and conducted an investigation that lasted a little more than an hour, according to a town spokesperson.

"It was deemed not credible. The call received was not very specific in nature," said the spokesperson, who noted that there was no impact to airport services during the investigation.

In fact, few leaving or working in the airport realized there was a threat issue. A woman manning a luggage kiosk told Patch she didn't know anything about a threat or why there were a half dozen police vehicles just outside the main entrance.

Two cabbies, however, parked a bit east of the main terminal where the police activity centered, said they had heard something on their radios about a possible incident but didn't have specifics.

According to information posted on the town's website, the Ronkonkoma-based airport is among the top 90 airports in the United States in terms of passenger volume, with more than 5,000 passengers flying through the facility daily.


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