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Albany International passengers react to LAX shootings


ALBANY, N.Y. -- The arrival and departure boards at Albany International Airport blinked with cancellations Friday, but the airport says most of these flights were impacted due to weather rather than the shooting at LAX.

Passenger Emmanuel Maille says, sadly, he isn't surprised to hear about what happened.

"Every week something else happens. There are shootings with small children or military coming home or people with psychological problems," he said.

The exact motive for the shooting at LAX is still under investigation, but we asked flyers if this highlights even more of a need for tighter security at our nation's airports.

"It doesn't matter how many laws are passed or what the government says, people will do still do things and you can't stop it," said Maille.

Passenger Robert Penna agrees saying, "This guy sounds like a nut and not a terrorist.  A nut can be anywhere. They can be at Stewarts, at 711. This one decided to make his statement at the airport."

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says they aren't necessarily increasing the amount of deputies at the airport, but instead have more staff out and visible for flyers.

"There is a lot that goes on in that airport and a lot of our officers working at one time," said Apple. "We want the public to see them as they arrive and hopefully give them peace of mind."

However, for many passengers we spoke with, they don't need that peace of mind.  Instead, saying these types of incidents are realities in our world today.

"I still feel safe and love flying and would do it every day if I could," said Maille.

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