No, it’s not just
bad reception – authorities with Manhattan’s four vehicle tunnels blocked cell
phone signals in the structures following the London bombings last week.
Transportation Authority and Port Authority in New York blocked all incoming
and outgoing cell phone usage in the Holland, Lincoln, Midtown and Battery
tunnels shortly after the blasts occurred on Thursday, July 7, according to
Mercedes Padilla, a
spokesperson for the MTA – the authority responsible for the Battery and
Midtown tunnels – said the cell coverage was reinstated on Monday, July 11, at
3 p.m. Eastern Time, but declined to comment on the reason for the shutdown.
originally believed the London blasts could have been remotely detonated from
cell phones; however, Britain’s Sky News has now reported that all four
of the bombers were killed in the blasts.
Residents of New
York gave varying opinions on not being able to use their phones in the
“If this betters the
system in order to stop terrorist attacks, then I don’t mind it,” Newark
resident Deuce Martinez told the New York
Another driver, Paola Sellan of Manhattan, told the Daily
News that cutting off the signal eliminated a lifeline for the public in case of an
“If terrorists are going to blow up a tunnel, they don’t need a cell
phone,” Sellan said.
In related news, the FCC released a report this week, saying the number
of cell phone lines had surpassed the number of landline phones in the United
– By Aaron Ladage, staff writer