NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Two workers were hospitalized after opening a package at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday, but the substance inside – initially feared to be nerve gas – turned out only to be beauty supplies.
As CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, it was a tense scene at the U.S. Postal Service facility at the eastern edge of the airport Sunday. Port Authority police, the FDNY, and an FBI hazardous response team all rushed to the scene after the workers reported feeling ill.
Meanwhile, as 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, the mail processing center workers who opened the package were taken to Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream shortly after 3 p.m., according to FDNY Emergency Medical Services. Both were in good condition.
The mail processing center is on the outskirts of the airport, and passengers were not affected, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.
“I just heard some spill, and workers went out there and got knocked out, and they call the ambulance and somebody went, and the same thing happened again,” said postal worker Delroy Binger.
Postal workers reported they completed their shifts as usual, in spite of a marked lack of communication.
“We don’t know much of anything. They don’t tell us really what’s going on,” one worker said.