Gulfport airline passengers react to Florida airport shooting

Gulfport airline passengers react to Florida airport shooting
It was quiet and calm at Gulfport-Biloxi International, but that doesn't mean the minds of these passengers weren't still on high alert. (Image Source: WLOX News)
It was quiet and calm at Gulfport-Biloxi International, but that doesn't mean the minds of these passengers weren't still on high alert. (Image Source: WLOX News)
The rest of Saturday's flights at the airport were severely delayed due to weather conditions in other parts of the country. (Image Source: WLOX News)
The rest of Saturday's flights at the airport were severely delayed due to weather conditions in other parts of the country. (Image Source: WLOX News)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It was quiet and calm at Gulfport-Biloxi International on Saturday, but that doesn't mean the minds of these passengers weren't still on high alert.

Just one day early, a Florida airport shooting left multiple people dead.

"I'm 19, never been on a plane before. Me and my family, we always drive everywhere we go, that's just how we are. I was kind of nervous about coming today, but then at the same time I just said God's on our side. So, I feel like it wouldn't happen over here," said Mona Lisa Simon.

Airport security wasn't heightened at Gulfport-Biloxi, but some passengers noticed more patrols in their departure cities.

"It seemed like there was a little bit more presence in the airports coming in from Texas. Once we got here, once we landed safely, I was happy," Eban Rolle.

Chante Renstrom was relieved once her daughter landed, and they met at baggage claim.

"I was so scared. I hope she's going to be okay. It's kind of scary," said Renstrom.

Renstrom's daughter, Alexis Montgomery, says she hadn't flown in more than a decade. Getting back on a plane just one day after the Ft. Lauderdale shooting was a bit unnerving.

"My stomach was feeling like I thought my stomach was hurting, but I think I had little butterflies a little bit," said Montgomery.

Another point of relief for Montgomery were her co-passengers. The flight was full of Navy Seabees, which helped put her mind at ease.

"I was a little nervous, but seeing all of them on the plane I felt so much better," said Montgomery.

The rest of Saturday's flights at the airport were severely delayed due to weather conditions in other parts of the country.

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