Reporting Justin Udo
By Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The deadly shooting at Los Angeles International shutdown the nation’s third largest airport for a part of the day on Friday. Travelers at Philadelphia International Airport who flew from LAX were among those affected.
Passengers whose flights were delayed in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon were still making their way into Philadelphia early Saturday morning.
Jack Doyle was originally scheduled to get into Philadelphia Friday evening, but because of the events he didn’t get in until after 6 a.m. on Saturday. He says he arrived at LAX just moments after the shooting.
“Our cab driver dropped us off like a mile and a half away because you couldn’t get closer,” Doyle said, “and we walked and walked and we finally got there, and of course our flight was cancelled.”
Doyle said instead of waiting for the airport to renew service, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
“We came across a rental car agency and rented a car and drove to Las Vegas,” he said. “And I called my wife here in Philly and said ‘can you get us flights home?’”
Doyle said he understands the delays and cautions that had to be made, and he’s just happy to be safe and back at home.
Tracy from Doylestown was also among those impacted by the day’s events. She says more than anything, the ordeal left her exhausted.
“We couldn’t get into the airport,” she said. “We had to walk from out on one of the roads, like probably almost a mile. And then once we got there, they were holding everybody outside, so they weren’t letting anybody in.”
And after finally getting into the airport, there were the delays to deal with.
“It was suppose to leave at 2:15,” she said, “and we left a little after 8 o’clock at night.”
Tracy said once she got to Philadelphia there were still some minor baggage issues, but she’s happy to be safe.