Santa Monica, LA Airports closed after attacks on East Coast

BY CINDY FRAZIER

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was evacuated and closed Tuesday, September 11th, in the wake of the terrorist attack on the East Coast that demolished the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and damaged The Pentagon building near Washington, DC.

Three of the four hijacked commercial airliners used in the East Coast hijackings were bound for Los Angeles.

Wednesday morning, LAX remained “closed to the public” because of concerns about security, but Los Angeles airport employees were back at work.

“It is business as usual for LAX employees,” said Gail Gaddi, a LAX spokeswoman.

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, LAX officials said, “We do not know when LAX will be reopened to the public.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered the closure of all U.S. airports shortly after the East Coast attacks — which began about 5:45 a.m. Los Angeles time.

The (Santa Monica Airport) airspace was closed and all aircraft were ordered to land and not to take off,” airport spokesman Ted Walters said.