(ReliableNews.org) – In January 2017, travelers and workers in Terminal 2 of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport faced a horrifying ordeal. A gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing five people and injuring dozens more. Four years later, people in Terminal 2 were forced to evacuate after a terrifying threat was made by an angry traveler.
On Saturday, July 10, 74-year-old Canadian citizen Wegal Rosen got into a heated argument with a ticket agent in Terminal 2. After the tense confrontation, he walked away, leaving his carry-on luggage at the counter. The employee asked him to take his bag with him, but he refused saying there was a bomb in the luggage. He then walked toward Terminal 3.
The agent called the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), which then dispatched deputies as well as the Bomb Squad and Threat Management Unit. The officers shut down the road leading to the airport, evacuated Terminals 2, 3, and 4, and conducted a bomb sweep. The incident delayed flights and caused traffic to be backed up for hours. Not to mention, the flashbacks to the horrific shooting some workers probably experienced.
UPDATE: BSO deputies have given the all clear at @FLLFlyer. Terminals 2 and 3 have been secured and are now open. Deputies have also opened entry to the airport. The investigation continues. pic.twitter.com/pCvbzVZKTd
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) July 10, 2021
In the end, the airport was cleared of threats and reopened. Police arrested Rosen, the man responsible for causing the security scare. He is facing multiple charges that carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The incident happened just as travel is reaching record post-pandemic highs.
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