Florida airport shooting leads to increased security at Newark airport
The Florida Lauderdale airport shooting that left five dead and eight wounded Friday has led to increased security measures at local airports.
Security has been heightened at Newark Liberty International Airport, with the Port Authority announcing it would step up patrols and also increase the number of officers at the airport.
Travelers arriving from Fort Lauderdales said the heavily armed Port Authority officers conducting anti-terrorism patrols at the airport was a welcome sight.
The shootings changed the weekend plans of the Rutgers women's rowing team, which decided not to travel, but other travelers reached their final destinations.
Flight 2043 was the last arriving United Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, leaving just minutes before the shooting.
Bill Cipriano got home safely from Fort Lauderdale with his wife and granddaughters.
"We didn't know about it," he said. "The pilot said that there was a little hold up, that there was a fire in the terminal."
Two additional United flights to Fort Lauderdale have been canceled for tonight. It is advised for travelers to check with airlines to see if there are any other delays or cancellations.