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Fliers delayed after Los Angeles airport shooting

world Updated: Nov 02, 2013 02:35 IST
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Thousands of fliers across the US were delayed on Friday after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport closed parts of the airport. A prolonged shutdown at the nation's third largest airport will be particularly troublesome for those hoping to head to the East Coast or across the Pacific Ocean.

Flights bound for Los Angeles that had not yet taken off were held at their gates by the Federal Aviation Administration. Others in the air - including three JetBlue flights from the East Coast - diverted to other airports.

Travelers trying to fly out were unable to reach the airport because of large road closures. The shooting occurred around 9:30am local time (1630 GMT).
Los Angles is a major gateway for flights to Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Domestically, among the largest cities served are San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.

Flight tracking site FlightAware.com said that as of 11am Pacific (1800 GMT) there were 12 flight cancelations and 132 flight delays to or from Los Angeles. To put that in perspective, there were 246 other flight cancelations Friday nationwide, mostly in New York and Philadelphia because of rain and heavy winds.

United Airlines, which operates out of terminals on the other side of the airport from the shooting, has issued a waiver for people traveling through Los Angeles, allowing them to change flights without paying a fee. Other airlines are expected to issue similar waivers.

"This situation is continuing to develop, and at this time we do not know the full extent of the impact to our operations," United spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm said via email.