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Stranded passengers scramble to rebook flights

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Friday's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport grounded flights in and out of the airport and that had a ripple effect all across the country as hundreds of flights were either cancelled or delayed.

Some of those flights were going in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and I talked with passengers as they waited for news from airlines -- some of the passengers still haven't made it to their final destinations.

It's been a long trip to Phoenix for Roger Richey.

"I came from India, so I've been traveling for 30 hours," he said.

But he could consider himself one of the lucky ones -- actually making it to his destination Friday as thousands of passengers scrambled to try to get on flights to and out of LAX.

At Sky Harbor, Nancy Weisel booked her third flight to LAX where a gunman shot and killed a Transportation Security Administration agent.

"This all happened in one terminal and it's very frustrating when it affects everyone in the country who's trying to go somewhere," she said.

Linda Tubbs' flight from Baltimore was supposed to land at LAX around the same time of the shooting -- instead she was diverted to Phoenix.

"We were actually watching the news on the plane in L.A. and it's a really surreal feeling as people are trying to huddle together watching iPads on the plane," she said.

At least seven flights were cancelled from Phoenix to LAX and at least another seven flights were delayed.

We caught up with some passengers on one of the first flights of the evening that finally made it out of LAX to Phoenix.

Jan Henriques was at LAX when she heard the news.

"Nobody said anything.  We didn't know what was going on until some other people got calls from their kids... and that's when we found out what was going on in terminal 3," she said.

Henriques is headed for Cabo -- she hopes to make it there by Saturday afternoon.

And after more than a day traveling, Roger Richey is back in Phoenix, ready to go home.

"Oh, I'm just exhausted," he said.

In terms of security at Sky Harbor, Phoenix police tell us passengers could see an increased security presence in light of what happened at LAX, though many passengers I talked to said nothing seems different here in Phoenix, except of course those delays and cancellations.


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