Despite a history of not providing warning about training involving flaming airplanes, Massport had the decency to announce that they’d be running an exercise today.
Using their Logan Airport Twitter handle, @BostonLogan, Massport announced that the exercise would take place Wednesday morning.
Please be aware that Massport will be conducting a routine training exercise at Logan this AM.— Boston Logan Airport (@BostonLogan) June 11, 2014
While this is a relatively simple gesture, it’s notable because it goes directly against what many of us have come to expect as Massport’s standard operating procedure: do something alarming then clean up the mess when people freak out.
We saw that exact process last month, when the Boston area had a collective panic attack after large plumes of smoke and flames could be scene drifting skyward from the airfield at Logan. Images of the scene went out on Twitter and Instagram and, unsurprisingly, people were concerned.
But it wasn’t until Boston.com actually reached out to Massport that we were told it was just an exercise and something they do “3-4 times a week for training.”
A similar incident on September 11, 2013 (yes, the 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks) garnered just as much attention and drew a reaction from Governor Deval Patrick, who said not announcing the exercise was “just dumb.”
Of course, today’s tweet seems to indicate that Massport is getting the idea. It’s the second time they announced a training exercise, with the first instance coming last month, the day after the latest fire controversy.
Massport Fire will be conducting a training exercise this AM at Logan. This is a routine drill.— Boston Logan Airport (@BostonLogan) May 29, 2014
Of course if this is something they’re doing multiple times a week, two announcements in 14 days isn’t exactly complete coverage. But hey, at least it’s a step in the right direction.You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me @dougsaffir