In a statement released by the White House, TransportationSecretary Norman Y. Mineta says that commercial and private planeswould be allowed to fly starting at 11 a.m. Thursday EDT.Passengers were urged to check with airlines on flight schedulesand available service, and allow time to deal with new securityprocedures.

In the wake of Tuesday's terror attack in which four airplaneswere hijacked--two from Logan, one from Washington's Dulles Airportand one from New Jersey's Newark Airport--and used to destroy theWorld Trade Center and part of the Pentagon, the FAA has issued alist of mandated security procedures for all major airports.

In a released statement, Virginia Buckingham, executive directorand CEO of Massachusetts Port Authority says, "When Logan Airporthas met the requirements, the airport will be opened. I want tostress that when operations do begin, service is likely to be verylimited." In her statement Buckingham adds that it is up toindividual airports and airlines to ensure that they have compliedwith the enhanced security directives. Logan is currently beingtreated as a crime scene.

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