DENVER -- The shooting at Fort Lauderdale's airport forced airlines to to cancel flights on Friday. Disappointed passengers at Denver International Airport said their travel problems are stressful, but they pale in comparison to the heartbreak happening in Florida.
Southwest canceled two flights from Denver to Fort Lauderdale on Friday afternoon and Spirit followed suit, canceling it's 11:38 p.m. flight
All flights into Denver from Fort Lauderdale were also canceled. Other flight arrivals and departures were delayed as airlines scrambled to work around Florida's cancellations.
Passengers were waiting to board their Southwest flight when they got alerts on their phones about the shooting. Their flight kept getting pushed back until the airline eventually canceled it.
"You really have to say the 'what ifs' and believe you are where you are for a reason, you know?" passenger Linda Odle said.
"We have a little girl at home and that was the first thought, like what if we didn't come home to our child? It's just extremely sad to think about those people who aren't going to go home to their families tonight," passenger Amberly Leedom said.
"I didn't ever realize how these shootings affect other people that happen to be there. Now we are glad we weren't there," passenger Janet Dillon said.
The airport in Fort Lauderdale was scheduled to reopen at 3 a.m. MST Saturday. All flights scheduled for Saturday morning from Denver to Fort Lauderdale were on time.