2007_06_jfkplot.jpgWNBC 4's Jonathan Dient reports that the feds have arrested four men plotting to blow up a jet fuel pipeline at JFK Airport today. From WNBC 4:

Four people have been charged. One is in custody in New York. Three suspects are thought to be overseas.

Sources said one suspect is thought to be a former parliament or government official in Guyana...

...Law enforcement officials said the plot may involve a former airport worker.

There will be a press conference at 1PM.

Here are from facts about Kennedy Airport from the Port Authority: In 2005, the airport saw over 40 million passenger, almost 350,000 plane movements, and 1.75 million tons of air cargo.

Update: According to reports, the plot did not reach the "operational" level (someone on CNN said it was a level below the Fort Dix plot). The alleged plotters had not yet bought any explosives either, but they had surveilled JFK Airport. The group is allegedly a group of "Islamic extremists," not related to Al Qaeda, but it's possible the group tried to meet with a Trinidadian terror group called JAM.

Update: CNN is reporting that JFK was targeted because its namesake was a beloved President, and that the airport's damage or destruction would send the U.S. into mourning. The alleged plotters apparently overlooked that Americans hate airports.

Photograph of the Airbus 380 lifting off from JFK Airport in MArch by Vidiot on Flickr