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Boston Airport Adjusting For Terrorist Threats

BOSTON — Security officials at Boston’s Logan International Airport are taking terrorist threats around the anniversary of Sept. 11 “very seriously.”

Massachusetts Port Authority Interim CEO David Mackey said security officials are “certainly ready to protect the airport this weekend.”

Mackey, airport and airline employees were among those who gathered at Logan’s 9/11 Memorial Friday to remember those killed on the two flights from the airport that were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center.

National counterterrorism officials have received a credible but unconfirmed tip that al-Qaida has plans to set off a car bomb in New York City or Washington around the Sept. 11 anniversary.

“It is not focused on Massachusetts, but nevertheless, this is a sensitive time on a whole lot of levels, and certainly from a security point of view, and we will be vigilant,” said Gov. Deval Patrick.

Mackey said Logan “will adjust the measures that we are going to take this weekend to meet whatever the threat is, and we take them all seriously, and we’re paying careful attention.”

“You know, our lives changed 10 years ago forever on this issue of terrorism,” said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. “Just stay calm and be observant.”

MBTA Transit Police Deputy Chief Joseph O’Connor said there are no credible threats to the T, but riders should be aware every day.

“What we do want people to do while riding our system is know that it is safe to do so, and that we should carry on with our plans that we have for the weekend,” he said.

O’Connor said anyone who sees suspicious activity on the T should call transit police. He said he MBTA is in contact with local and federal officials and will update their security plans if needed.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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