JFK Airport hub of UN arrivals

The Port Authority Police Department Mobile Comand Unit directs all JFK Airport security with NYPD, State Department, Secret Service, and other agencies pulled in for protecting international diplomats and POTUS who arrived at JFK.
Photo by Jeff Yapalater

JFK Airport was the hub of international diplomatic arrivals for the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly.

One of two NYPD helicopters roaming the JFK Airport skies to protect arriving dignitaries for UNGA.
Photo by Jeff Yapalater

Thousands of heads of state, diplomats, staff, envoys, United Nations members, and the President of the United States always use JFK as their airport to land then motorcade to accommodations in and around Manhattan.

Hundreds of arriving diplomats and staff from around the world at JFK Airport awaiting transportation to their accomodations for the beginning of the United Nations 73rd General Assembly.
Photo by Jeff Yapalater

Some arrive on commercial flights and others have private planes that General Aviation and Sheltair service.

Lots of law enforcement vehicles scrambling here and there to escort, provide security and make a presence at JFK Airport for UN week.
Photo by Jeff Yapalater

The Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) was the lead law enforcement agency with a mobile command center close to the transportation depot for many foreign dignitaries who arrived for the meeting. Hundreds of visible PAPD and NYPD officers were busy making the rounds, keeping their eyes out for any trouble or suspicion characters. (I myself must be suspicious for I was asked for my ID a couple of times.) The Secret Service, U.S. Customs, State Department, FBI, NY State Police and other law enforcement were scattered all over the airport in visible and not-so visible areas to anticipate any signs of a threat. Private black cars by the hundreds sat in the cellphone lot until called when a dozen or so left on a moment’s notice to pick up a dignitary for transport to the nearby Consulate or hotel to await the beginning of the opening ceremony on Tuesday Sept, 25 and ending nine days later.

At JFK airlines business as usual as United Nations delegate gather with deicing hangar in background.
Photo by Jeff Yapalater

President Trump also used JFK to land and spend a rare visit to his residence in Manhattan. His Osprey helicopters could be barely seen but ready for take-off in an emergency.

According to the PAPD, the preparations for this annual event begins the days after it ends. But in the meanwhile JFK was in full action mode with security and diligence to protect and prevent any interference with the arrivals and eventual departures of the world’s leaders.

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