Air Transport World

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Last Nov. 4, automobile traffic in and around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area came to a standstill after local authorities blocked the primary north-south interstate highway while they attempted to negotiate with a disturbed individual who threatened to jump from a highway bridge into the Potomac River below. Their explanation for halting traffic during the event was that they feared he might have a gun, although he never displayed one or threatened anyone. In fact, there was no gun.

The disruption lasted throughout the afternoon rush hour and well into the evening. Tens of thousands of travelers were trapped in their cars and trucks for up to six hours. They could not use the bathroom, they could not get food or water, and if they did not have cellular telephones their loved ones could not find out where they were. …

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