Florida attack leads to angst at regional airports
The shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday has local travelers worried about airport safety in the Northeast as well.
The gunman, identified by authorities as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, was an arriving airline passenger who had a gun in his checked luggage. He retrieved his weapon and opened fire at the baggage claim.
At Westchester County Airport in Harrison, New York, a number of travelers told News 12 Connecticut about their safety concerns.
A flight from there was scheduled to leave for Fort Lauderdale at 6:40 p.m., but now passengers are working with airline agents to figure out alternative means of travel, like flying to West Palm Beach or Miami. The ripple has traveled up and down the East Coast as flights to and from were canceled.
Some travelers told News 12 that they would wait until Saturday to travel to the Florida airport. Others said they left before the shooting happened and learned of it in the air.
Westchester administrators say they're monitoring the situation and reviewing security protocols for the time being.