Los Angeles Airport officials began re-routing night flights Friday and it is apparently being blamed upon the mysterious military activity scheduled to last until November 12th says an airport official., which may be scheduled as a means of demonstrating American military power before President Barack Obama travels to Turkey, the Philippines and Malaysia to attend several summits.
Bright lights could be seen “across California and was visible as far away as Nevada and Arizona” and the US Navy did fire “an unarmed missile from a submarine off the coast of southern California on Saturday,” according to a report from theGuardian. Quoting Associated Press information, one witness, Julien Solomita, was shooting some video footage when his group saw “something odd in the sky.” Solomita said in an email that “[i]t was very wild watching this in the sky. I can’t really say what I thought it was because I’ve never experienced anything remotely close to it.”
LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles told FoxNews that “[w]e clearly understand that neighbors and communities east of the airport will experience noise and we apologize for that.”
Los Angeles International Airport is said to be one of the nation’s busiest airports, and the nightly activity causing the temporary diversions of landings and departures, would be a bit of an inconvenience, not to mention the increased noise for airport neighborhoods and communities trying to sleep at night until November 12.
While some are complaining, one person was discovered who felt all right about the matter. Steve Devosion is quoted in the Fox story saying “[i]f it’s a military thing it’s a good thing, that means they’re making it safer for us so I wouldn’t let it bother me,” he said. “I’d be more interested in them not doing something about what’s going on than them doing something about what’s going on.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Robert Ellsworth, who is also a former Deputy Secretary of Defense, was interviewed by local Los Angeles radio station KFMB to get his thoughts, and is quoted in a story over at CBS. The “projectile” which Ellsworth observed was described as being “spectacular.” He said it ” … takes people’s breath away.”
Furthermore, the former U.S. Ambassador to NATO added an additional thought, while cautioning Americans to wait for definitive answers to come from the military. Asked what he thought this could be, Ellsworth answered it “could possibly” be a missile test timed as a demonstration of American military might just as President Obama tours Asia.
Obama’s upcoming trip
The news of President Obama’s travel, from Nov. 14 to 22 to attend several summits, comes from the White House per UKReuters information.
“On the trip, Obama will participate in the G20 summit in Turkey and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Philippines, the White House said. In Malaysia, Obama will attend the U.S.-ASEAN summit and the East Asia summit, ” it added.