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LAX shooting causes Bay Area flight delays

A shooting at Los Angeles International Airport this morning has caused delays and cancellations of some flights to and from Bay Area airports, officials said.

At San Francisco International Airport, two Southwest Airlines flights from SFO to LAX have been canceled, and many flights from LAX to SFO are seeing delays of as much as two hours, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.

Yakel said the impact of the shooting will differ by airline. Virgin America, for instance, operates from the terminal at LAX where the shooting appears to have occurred, he said.

"Our best advice is for passengers to check with their airlines for updated flight info," Yakel said.

At Oakland International Airport, some Southwest Airlines flights have also been canceled or delayed, while other airlines such as Delta appear to be mostly on time, airport spokesman Brian Kidd said.

Officials at Mineta San Jose International Airport were not immediately available for comment.

Following the shooting, San Francisco police are operating terminal saturation patrols at SFO out of an "abundance of caution," Officer Albie Esparza said.

Police are in contact with the FBI, which is leading the investigation into the LAX shooting, the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Marshals Service, Esparza said.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation in Los Angeles and will remain deployed until further notice," he said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by vkmo
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm

A visited my son in Los Angeles and flew back from LAX to San Jose 2 weeks ago. I could have been affected by a similar tragedy. Altho security checks take extra time, I feel they are necessary to prevent incidents like this.


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Posted by LetsUseLogic
a resident of another community
on Nov 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm

@vkmo, your statement makes no sense. There was "security" two weeks ago. There was "security" today and the shooting happened.

It seems like what the TSA is doing doesn't actually keep anyone safe. Too bad the guy didn't have a tube of toothpaste on him, then for certain he would've been stopped.


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Posted by vkmo
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

LetsUseLogic,

Security checking upto now was before you entered the boarding area. This guy did the killing BEFORE the security check, NOT AFTER the security checking area. He had not been checked by TSA - as that's the next stage before boarding.


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Posted by Jeff K.
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 3, 2013 at 7:37 am

For those people who insist on carrying on large tubes of toothpaste in their carry-on bag and wasting everybody's time arguing about it, may want to remember about the "Bojinka plot".
Liquid explosives are just as effective as solid explosives.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

This happened before security and I can only imagine the fear of standing in line one moment and then having to run for dear life.

Sad truth is this has become reality for anyplace you go. Even the police have to resort to shoot first, ask questions second and third you don't make a mistake. Look what happened in Santa Rosa.


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