Travelers shocked by the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport

Flights to Fort Lauderdale were delayed indefinitely

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – Air travelers at Bradley International Airport were shocked to hear of the deadly shootings Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.

Rahel Rueegg of Zurich, Switzerland told 22News, “I feel like I can’t be safe, like I can die any minute and I could lose someone I love and that scares me. I need to appreciate that I’m still here and nothing like that happens to me.”


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A passenger told 22News, he learned of the attack while waiting to board his flight out of Fort Myers, Florida. He said he was concerned, because he thought his airport could be next.

Chad Dean of Salisbury, Conn. said, “Being in the close vicinity of that and being in Fort Myers, I didn’t know if there was going to be a train reaction of airports all over the country. Anytime you hear something like that, you never know what is going to happen.”

The shutdown of the Fort Lauderdale airport created a ripple effect of cancelled and delayed flights across the country. One outbound flight to Fort Lauderdale from Bradley was canceled.