|Quoting IAHFLYER (Reply 1):|
Quoting Fahadmk (Thread starter):
As of right now they have shut down all departures out of JFK .
El Al or everybody, and if the latter...
The reason that airports shut down is for safety.
If all the emergency equipment is at one location of the airport dealing with an emergency - they have a very poor capacity to respond to a second emergency quickly.
Airports are very aware of the impact of such a decision on the flow of traffic.
Airports work very hard to get as much of the necessary emergency equipment and personnel back into position so operations can be resumed quickly.
But no one in the airlines or flight crews complains - because they know very well that they might need that all the equipment some day.