A FLYOVER planned in New York City on the 19th anniversary of 9/11 is being called out as “inappropriate” and “tasteless” by city leaders and the Twitterverse.
New York City Emergency Management’s official emergency notification system, Notify NYC, made the military plane flyover known in a tweet on Thursday.
“Planned Flyover: An F-18 jet will be conducting a flyover on the Hudson River towards the Verrazzano Bridge on 9/11 at 3:30 PM. The aircraft will fly at approx 2,500 ft,” the tweet states.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office told the Staten Island Advance that “the mayor wasn’t aware of the flyover, and frankly it’s inappropriate.”
The mayor’s office added that de Blasio “looks forward to thanking our heroes and honoring those we’ve lost at the ceremony tomorrow.”
Rep. Max Rose, whose district includes Staten Island and Brooklyn, quote tweeted Notify NYC’s post and commented, “Are you out of your mind? Cancel this immediately.”
Twitter’s vice president of global communications, Brandon Borrman, tweeted that he no longer lives in New York, “but this seems like a really bad idea, verging on completely tasteless.”
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Author and journalist Kurt Eichenwald tweeted in disbelief over the idea of doing a low flyover on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
“Seriously? What idiot came up with this idea? Can you imagine the trauma this will set off for survivors and their families?” Eichenwald wrote.
The military is conducting the flyover, New York City Emergency Management confirmed to the Advance, and referred questions to the Federal Aviation Administration, which punted to the Navy’s press office.