LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Passengers arriving from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to LAX delayed a day because of Friday’s shooting had a range of emotions Saturday.
“It’s very scary and we are thankful we weren’t there, especially traveling with this little guy,” Dessa Sfikas, traveling with her young son, said. “We were nervous because we didn’t know what the security would be like, we didn’t know if there was going to be a secondary shooter.”
Barbara Pavlo said the airport’s infrastructure must have been overwhelmed by the shooting that left five people dead and six others wounded.
“It must have been 100 degrees, the air conditioning did not go through, there were no seats, you had sit on the floor,” Pavlo said.
Another passenger said perhaps people are getting numb to terror.
“I didn’t sense a feel of people being frightened,” she said. “I feel like people are getting to use to occurrences like that.”
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Extra security was noticeable earlier Saturday at LAX. Checkpoints were set up at the entrance ramps.
Meanwhile passengers say they’re taking some extra steps themselves.
When the Lyde’s travel nowadays they always have a few pieces of luggage, and frankly, some anxiety.
Coming home from a Florida vacation the LA couple arrived at LAX Saturday, two hours delayed and a little distressed. They had flown out of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport not 24 hours after a mass shooting there.
“Just coming to the airport alone, anywhere where it’s crowded, you know I’m like looking around,” Sharon Lyde said.
Travelers arriving at LAX this weekend might see additional checkpoints and more visible, armed patrols. However, the LAX Police Chief said late Friday they haven’t heard of anything that would indicate a threat to LAX.
Still, some passengers say they always keep an eye out during extra hours at airports, ready to say something if they see something.
“So people like to think well I’ll go here, it’s safe, there’s never a safe place stuff always comes, so you just have to keep that in mind, pay attention to everything that goes on,” Helbert Lyde said.
There were limited direct flights from Fort Lauderdale coming into LAX Saturday at least one was cancelled, another was more than three hours delayed as that airport gets back on schedule.