Fort Lauderdale shooting impacts local travel

Posted at 9:56 PM, Jan 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-06 23:04:37-05

MILWAUKEE -- A flight was scheduled to leave from Milwaukee to Fort Lauderdale Friday afternoon, but was canceled in wake of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting.

Passengers at General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee watched the news of the Fort Lauderdale shooting unfold while waiting for their flights.

"It's pretty surprising obviously, seeing it on here right when I was getting ready to fly," Jennifer Butera said.

"Just watching the people sprint across the terminal," Stefanie Knight chimed in.

"Seeing them terrified for their lives. It was just very scary," McKnight continued.

And though scared, Knight says she is relieved. She and her family were scheduled to take an earlier flight to Fort Lauderdale, but switched flights because of a scheduling conflict.

"Luckily, it was meant to be that we switched the flight from 6am to the 3:40 because I had to work this morning," McKnight said.

"Otherwise, we would have been arriving at 12 today right when it happened," she continued.

McKnight and her family, like many others flying out of Milwaukee to Florida, are traveling for a family vacation. The Fort Lauderdale shooting is something they hope is an isolated incident that won't effect future travel plans.

"Just that there's no other shooters there and we can arrive safely and that it doesn't happen again," McKnight said.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office and TSA both declined to comment. 

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