LAX Shooting Impact: Flight Disruptions at Miami International Airport Smoothing Out

By Justin Finch
|  Saturday, Nov 2, 2013  |  Updated 2:11 AM EDT
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By Friday night, flight disruptions at Miami International Airport due to the Los Angeles International Airport shooting seemed to be smoothing out, with the last plane from L.A. arriving about four hours late.

By Friday night, flight disruptions at Miami International Airport due to the Los Angeles International Airport shooting seemed to be smoothing out, with the last plane from L.A. arriving about four hours late.

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South Florida Woman Talks About LAX Shooting

A gunman opened fire at a Los Angeles International Airport security checkpoint Friday morning, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding several other people, police said. Amid the chaos, Randee Kessler and her two kids were on board a Virgin American flight from Fort Lauderdale that was landing at LAX. It was supposed to come into Terminal 3, where the shooting took place, but was diverted to the outskirts of the airport. “I’m thinking I’m so grateful for my life, because five minutes more, we would have been right there,” she said.
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By Friday night, flight disruptions at Miami International Airport due to the Los Angeles International Airport shooting seemed to be smoothing out, with the last plane from L.A. arriving about four hours late.

The delays out of MIA were not significant. One flight out of the airport was delayed by an hour Friday afternoon.

A gunman identified by FBI agents as Paul Ciancia, 23, of Los Angeles opened fire at LAX Friday morning, killing TSA officer Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, and wounding two other TSA workers before he was taken into custody, authorities said.

Miguel Cosme of Miami said he just missed the chaos at LAX by choosing an earlier flight.

"I got someone texting me right now from seeing it, she's just like, you know, it's miserable, they don't know what's going on, and I was just lucky for once," he said.

Randee Kessler left hours earlier from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on a Virgin America flight, and upon landing, learned she and her children barely missed the shooting.

"Not only were we going to Terminal 3, but we were going into Gate 36," Kessler explained. "I'm thinking I'm so grateful for my life. Five minutes earlier and we could have been killed. Grateful to be alive with my kids."

Kessler's plane was diverted to the outskirts of LAX.

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