Now this is a first. Port Authority workers reported that hundreds of diamondback turtles covered the runway this morning, halting flights at JFK Airport. They captured about 78 terrapins which escaped the waters of Jamaica Bay, scouting for a spot to breed. It appears the turtles felt a runway was an exciting spot.
Pilots had the unfortunate job of sharing the ridiculous news with the many passengers waiting for an update on the delay. Their flights were behind for up to 90 minutes, until the turtles could slowly land in a safe place. It must have been a hard thing to believe, it sounds like a pilots excuse for delays, similar to a child without their homework; “The turtles made me late.” That sounds unbelievable!
Now that is what you call, bringing an airport to a crawl.