Environmental protesters arrested at Massachusetts airport

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

File photo of Hanscom Field Airport in Bedford, Massachusetts
Image: Nick Allen.

Roughly 20 environmental protesters were arrested at a Massachusetts airport on Saturday morning. Protesters supporting Extinction Rebellion crossed into a security area and were arrested. Some of the protesters breached a security perimeter on a tarmac at Hanscom Field Airport in Bedford, Massachusetts. The arrested protesters could face trespassing and disorderly conduct charges. The Massachusetts Port Authority said the airport had to temporarily shut down for security reasons. Extinction Rebellion were protesting the expansion of 17 new private jet hangers at the airport. Protesters stood in front of some airplanes to block movement. The Hanscom Airport expansion project is currently under review, said the Governor of Massachusetts, Maura Healey to NewsCenter 5. The Bedford Police Department said no one is in danger. CNN tried to contact the Massachusetts Port Authority but had received no response.