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LAX Shooting Causing Bay Area Flight Delays

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A traveler checks the departures board at San Francisco International Airport for delays. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

A traveler checks the departures board at San Francisco International Airport for delays. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS SF) – A shooting at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning has caused delays and cancellations of some flights to and from Bay Area airports, officials said.

At San Francisco International Airport, two Southwest Airlines flights from SFO to LAX have been canceled, and many flights from LAX to SFO are seeing delays of as much as two hours, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.

Yakel said the impact of the shooting will differ by airline. Virgin America, for instance, operates from the terminal at LAX where the shooting appears to have occurred, he said.

“Our best advice is for passengers to check with their airlines for updated flight info,” Yakel said.

At Oakland International Airport, some Southwest Airlines flights have also been canceled or delayed, while other airlines such as Delta appear to be mostly on time, airport spokesman Brian Kidd said.

At Mineta San José International Airport, four of the six airlines that offer SJC-LAX service, American, Delta, Southwest and Virgin America – reported flight delays and cancellations.

Mineta San Jose spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said additional flights may be impacted throughout the remainder of Friday due to a ripple effect to flights impacted across the US.

Following the shooting, San Francisco police are operating terminal saturation patrols at SFO out of an “abundance of caution,” Officer Albie Esparza said.

Police were in contact with the FBI, which is leading the investigation into the LAX shooting, the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Marshals Service, Esparza said.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation in Los Angeles and will remain deployed until further notice,” he said.

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