Dozens of turtles migrate across the runway, delay flights at JFK

Time to go to the airport.
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Those flight delays might not actually be the result of inclement weather for some trying to leave New York this week, it was turtles.

About 40 turtles caused delays at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Friday when they interrupted takeoffs while migrating for a nesting ritual aka turtle sexy time the New York Daily News reported.

Apparently, this isn’t that unusual.

JFK is near a bay where the turtles, diamondback terrapins, usually live. Migration time means some headaches on the runway.

“Air traffic control,” indeed.


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