WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — Fort Lauderdale is a popular destination for people here in Connecticut. Daily, there are flights going back and forth from Bradley International.
One of those flights landed in Bradley Friday afternoon. It took off just minutes before the shooting that left five dead and at least eight wounded.
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A JetBlue flight from Bradley to Fort Lauderdale was set to take off at 5:19 p.m. Friday, but has been canceled. Passengers who were supposed to be on that flight tell us they are trying to reschedule through Orlando.
“You kind of always think, if I was there what would happen. That was the terminal we were supposed to go into. It’s scary to think about,” said Chris Uscinski.
While there was a heightened sense of anxiety at Bradley Airport today, there was a heightened sense of security among TSA. Sgt. Karen Gabianelli of the Connecticut State Police says Troopers are patrolling both inside and outside the airport looking for anything out of the ordinary.
“We have troopers in marked vehicles we make sure that there are no unattended bags, no unattended vehicles, that no one is parked any longer than they should be outside. And inside we are just a presence,” said Gabianelli.
Police encourage you to say something if you see something. It’s better that they check it out and find out to be a lost piece of luggage as opposed to a real threat.
Continue to check on your flight status if you are scheduled to be flying into Fort Lauderdale.