Security remained extremely tight across the city the day after 9/11, with cops continuing heightened patrols and bag checks in subways and subjecting drivers to checkpoints near bridges and tunnels.
It was unclear Monday how many more days authorities planned to keep up the extra surveillance, which was causing traffic to move at a snail’s pace during the morning rush. A police spokesman said they would reevaluate the security operations after the evening commute.
The NYPD, along with the Port Authority and the FBI, stepped up its presence because of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and reports last week of a credible, but uncorroborated car bomb threat against New York and Washington, D.C.
“So far, so good – we’re certainly not declaring victory,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, according to NY1.
Streets, however, were reopened Monday in lower Manhattan around the World Trade Center after being closed off to cars over the weekend.
While there were reports of passenger disruptions on commuter airplanes on Sunday, those turned out not to be terrorism related. Authorities said they combed through flight records and investigated leads, although they didn’t uncover any terrorism plots.
Suspicious package alerts tripled last weekend compared to a year ago to more than 340 received by the NYPD, according to NY1.