Published On: Fri, Sep 8th, 2017

BREAKING: Police shoot ‘gunman’ at Miami Airport during Hurricane Irma evacuation


The airport tweeted: “Security incident involving a single suspect and MiamiDadePD has occurred at MIA. Situation under control. Terminal J is temporarily closed.

The man was confronted by an officer and shot. His condition is unknown at this time.

It comes as locals are desperately trying to evacuate as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Airlines have been desperately trying to get as many customers as possible away from Hurricane Irma’s likely path.

The powerful storm threatens to rip through Florida by Sunday and airline have been laying on additional flights and bigger aircraft in an attempt to increase capacity before operations cease through the weekend and beyond.

American Airlines, which has one of the larger operations in south Florida, said on Thursday it had added 16 flights out of Miami, amid more than 2,400 forced cancellations through Monday.

Delta Air Lines Inc said it had upsized aircraft and added flights to increase the number of available outgoing seats by 2,000. United Airlines added six flights out of Miami to its hubs, including Newark, New Jersey, and Chicago O’Hare.

All three carriers said they planned to mostly wind down south Florida operations by Friday evening.

In areas already pummeled by the powerful storm, flight operations had been rolled back and halted altogether.

A Delta-operated flight from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and back, made headlines for narrowly avoiding the storm in a mission to evacuate another plane-full of passengers from the area ahead of Irma’s landfall.

Flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.com saw the plane land for one last departure in the US territory located squarely in the path of Irma’s landfall, fill with passengers, and make its successful flight back to New York on Wednesday. Other airlines had already ceased operations in the region.

Under pressure from some members of Congress following social media reports, airlines have taken the unusual step of publicly announcing price caps on tickets out of areas in Irma’s course.

Early on, carrier JetBlue capped flights out of the area at $99, and other carriers followed suit, capping fares at between $99 and $399 a ticket.

But while airlines offered some cheap flights out of south Florida after complaints, passengers said that did little good if all the flights were fully booked or canceled.

Medical student Eric Slabaugh said he was dismayed by ticket prices over $2,000 when he started looking for flights earlier this week. He got a ticket to Detroit for $700, he said, “because nobody wants to go there”.

Mr Slabaugh said: “Publix can’t charge $50 for a case of water without getting accused of price gouging, but airlines can charge 50 times the price of a normal ticket. I don’t think that’s fair.”

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