Two Flights Delayed At San Diego Airport After LAX Shooting
Friday, November 1, 2013
Aired 11/1/13 on KPBS News.
Two flights at San Diego International Airport have been delayed Friday morning due to a reported shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Two flights at San Diego International Airport have been delayed Friday morning due to a reported shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport, but security operations are normal, said Katie Jones, a spokesperson for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
The Transportation Security Administration team at San Diego's airport said security has not been affected, Jones said.
Authorities evacuated a LAX terminal and stopped flights headed for Los Angeles from taking off from other airports. That ground stop caused the two delays in San Diego, Jones said.
If the ground stop continues, more flights could be delayed, she added.
No flights have been diverted from Los Angeles to San Diego, but San Diego's airport has space available and is "willing to help," she said.
All field officers in the Harbor Police Department, whose jurisdiction includes the airport, were notified about the incident at the Los Angeles airport, said Tanya Castaneda, a spokeswoman for the Port of San Diego.
"All of our harbor police officers who keep the airport safe in San Diego have trained to deal with an active shooter situations," she said. "All of the officers have the appropriate weapons and equipment to respond appropriately in a situation like this. However we're hoping, and indications are, that the incident in Los Angeles may be an isolated one."
The Harbor Police Department has seized seven guns at San Diego Airport checkpoints in 2013, as well as eight magazines with ammunition or gun parts, three toy or replica guns and nine "stun" guns, Castaneda said. But she stressed that the LAX incident involved an active shooter, not not someone trying to get a gun through security.