Travelers delayed after Los Angeles airport shooting

Posted: Updated:
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of travelers are delayed Friday after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport closed parts of the airport for hours.

Flights heading for Los Angeles, which had not yet taken off, were held at their gates by the Federal Aviation Administration. Others in the air — including three JetBlue flights from the East Coast — diverted to other airports.

Travelers hoping to fly out were unable to reach Los Angeles airport because of road closures.

Los Angles is a major gateway for flights to Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The shooting occurred just before a large bank of flights arrived from Sydney, Tokyo, Beijing and other cities across the Pacific Ocean. Domestically, the largest cities served are: San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, San Jose, Calif., San Diego and Phoenix.

According to officials at Sky Harbor International Airport, five flights from Phoenix to LAX have been delayed. Six flights that were headed to LAX from other cities were diverted to Phoenix. Sky Harbor officials said three flights to LAX have been canceled, two on Southwest and one on US Airways.

Travelers are encouraged to check their flight status with their airline before going to the airport.