For law enforcement in Boston and at Logan Airport, today won’t be spent celebrating Osama Bin Laden’s death – the focus will be on heightened vigilance.
Massachusetts State Police and the Transportation Security Administration, a federal agency created in response to 9/11, have more people on duty at Logan today than usual, said Phil Orlandella, spokesman for Logan.
Two of the four aircraft hijacked by Bin Laden’s terrorists departed Logan on Sept. 11, 2001 -- American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175. Later that morning, the terrorists flew the hijacked aircraft into the World Trade Center in New York City.
Orlandella said there is no specific information suggesting that Logan is drawing the attention of terrorists. Instead, he said, the goal is assure the traveling public that they are safe at Logan and to remind everyone who works at the airport to report anything suspicious.
“It’s a full blitz on awareness…We had our usual security meeting (today) and asked [Logan workers] to be vigilant’’ Orlandella said. “We are saying, ‘See something, say something.’ ‘’
In the city proper, Boston Police spokesman Officer Eddy Chrispin said police are urging people to be more vigilant and stay on the lookout for anything suspicious.
Officers were told in a police broadcast to be on the lookout for suspicious packages, as well as anyone who might commit hate crimes.
At the MBTA, Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan said he has ordered his officers to increase their visibility in stations and on trains. However, he stressed, there “are no reports of any specific threats at this time.’’
“As always, we ask our passengers to report any suspicious or unusual behavior to Transit Police,’’ MacMillan said in the statement. Tips can be sent to 617-222-1212 or 911. People can also text tips at 873873.
No incidents have been reported at Logan, in the city, or on the MBTA, officials said.
Orlandella said Massport is not planning to hold an event to mark Bin Laden’s death. Instead, he said, Massport and workers at the airport are celebrating privately.
“Massport is not going to hold a candlelight vigil saying, ‘Thank God, he’s dead,’ ‘’ Orlandella said. “But deep down inside when I heard he was dead, I was jumping up and down. …The culprit is dead.’’
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