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FLL south runway now fully operational

500,000 passengers expected to pass through airport this week

Author: Amanda Batchelor, Senior Digital Editor, abatchelor@wplg.com
Published On: Nov 24 2014 11:01:34 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 24 2014 11:57:01 AM EST


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The new runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is now fully operational, just in time for the busy holiday travel week.

The south runway opened Sept. 18, but its use was limited, as air carrier departures were primarily limited to eastbound departures and westbound arrivals.

Airport officials say after additional construction, the runway became fully operational Saturday.

More than 500,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport between Tuesday and next Monday, with an expected 72,000 passengers a day.

The busiest travel days are expected to be Wednesday and Sunday.

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What kinds of items are TSA confiscating before flights?

Published On: Nov 17 2014 05:55:14 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 17 2014 06:27:00 PM EST

Tens of thousands of pounds of contraband confiscated at MIA in past year

BLAMED FOR THE EMERGENCY SIREN. IT TURNS NOTHING WAS WRONG. Calvin Hughes: TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TO UNDERSTAND OF CONTRABAND HAS BEEN COLLECTED AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT STOPPED FROM GETTING ONBOARD FLIGHTS. EVERYBODY HAVE EVERYTHING FROM KNIVES TO BASEBALL BATS TO EVEN ALCOHOL HAS BEEN COLLECTED AND TODAY WE GOT TO SIGHT HALL FIRSTHAND. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER TERRELL FORNEY WITH THIS JAW-DROPPING SHOW AND TELL. Reporter: IT'S ONE THING TO OWN SOME OF THESE ITEMS BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING TO THINK THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET ON AN AIRPLANE WITH THEM. THE TSA SAYS THIS IS WHAT THEY SEE ALMOST EVERY DAY. AT THE AIRPORT IN FORT LAUDERDALE AND HERE AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THERE ARE ENOUGH WEAPONS TO SUPPLY A SMALL ARMY. SO IF YOU LOOK A 12 MONTHS, WE HAVE COLLECTED ALMOST 80,000 POUNDS OF ITEMS. Reporter: FROM THE ODD TO THE EVEN MORE STRANGE CATEGORY, TSA OFFICERS AT MIA HAVE SEEN AND COLLECTED IT ALL FROM AIRLINE PASSENGERS. WE FIND JAGGED KNIVES, GRENADES, STARTER PISTOLS, REAL GUNS. Reporter: THE MOST BASIC THINGS THAT PEOPLE TRY TO GET THROUGH SECURITY CHECKPOINTS IS BOTTLES OF WATER BUT THERE ARE OTHER PROHIBITED ITEMS LIKE REPLICAS, INCLUDING THIS BULLET SHAPED PROPANE LIGHTER AND -- GET THIS -- TNT EXPLOSIVES WHICH REALLY IS JUST NOTHING MORE THAN PERFUME INSIDE. WHAT'S THE MOST COMMON EXCUSE PEOPLE GIVE FOR BRINGING, LET'S SAY, SOME OF THESE WEAPONS THROUGH THE CHECKPOINT? I FORGOT. Reporter: JUST LAST WEEK A FULLY LOADED PISTOL WAS NORTHBOUND IN THE CARRY ON BAG AT FORT LAUDERDALE HOLLYWOOD AIRPORT, THE SECOND THIS MONTH. MIAMI IS AMONG THE TOP IN THE NATION FOR WEAPONS CONFISCATED, AND TODAY THE TSA IS REMINDING PASSENGERS TO SCOUR THEIR LUGGAGE BEFORE PACKING FOR THE UPCOMING BUSY TRAVEL SEASON, SO YOU WON'T BECOME A STATISTIC LIKE ONE PASSENGER WHO SHOWED UP WITH AN ODD OBJECT IN THINKS CARRY-ON. A FULLY GASSED CHAINSAW WAS BROUGHT TO THE CHECKPOINT. FIRST OF ALL, YOU CAN'T HAVE GASOLINE THE IN BELLY OF THE PLANE OR IN THE DABIN OF THE AIRPLANE. R AND WE SAW BEAR SPRAY. WE SAW COMPRESSED OXYGEN TANKS EVEN A BROA EXPIREO. BOTTOM LINE, IF YOU HAVE SOME OF THESE MORE SERIOUS ITEMS, I SHOULD SAY, THE TSA SAYS THAT YOU CAN BE HIT WITH A PRETTY HEF HEFTY FINE, EVEN JAIL NAME THE SAYING FORGOT OR DIDN'T KNOW IT

MIAMI -

Bottles of liquor and weapons are just some of the items seized by security at airports. At Miami International Airport, security screenings stop items like those from boarding along with you.

Local 10 got a look at the items stopped before they got on flights. Surprisingly, there are enough weapons to supply a small army.

"In 12 months we've collected almost 80,000 pounds of items," said Sari Koshetz, with Transportation Security Administration.

From the odd to the even more strange category, TSA officers at MIA have seen and collected it all from airline passengers.

"We find jagged knives, grenades, starter pistols, real guns, all kinds of items that are prohibited in the cabin of the aircraft," Koshetz said.

The most basic things that people try to get through security checkpoints are bottles of water, but they also have other prohibited items, like replicas, including a bullet-shaped propane lighter and TNT explosives, which is really nothing more than perfume.

Just last week a fully loaded pistol was found in a carry-on bag at Fort-Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport -- the second this month.

Miami is among the top in the nation for weapons confiscated. Now, the TSA is reminding passengers to scour their luggage before packing for the upcoming busy travel season so you won't become a statistic like one passenger who showed up with an odd object in his carry-on.

"A fully gassed chainsaw was brought to the checkpoint," Koshetz said. 'First of all, you can't have gasoline in the belly of the plane or in the airplane, but to bring a fully gassed chainsaw into the plane would've caused quite a stir, and not a pleasant one."

Study: nearly 1/3 of flights delayed out of FLL during winter months

Rate of flights delayed out of MIA lower than out of FLL

Author: Alexandra Fruin, Producer, AFruin@wplg.com
Published On: Nov 12 2014 08:40:09 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 12 2014 11:21:32 AM EST


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. -

Flight delays during the winter months may seem inevitable, but the airports you choose to fly out of play a big role on whether your travel will be on time.

According to a new study by Hopper Analysis, you're more likely to be delayed on a flight departing from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport than one from Miami International Airport.

Hopper analyzed Bureau of Transportation Statistics to determine how many flights are delayed from the 20 most popular airports from December through March.  

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport had the second highest percentage of flight delays, at 38 percent. Only Chicago's O'Hare International Airport had a higher rate of delayed or cancelled flights, at 42 percent.

ALSO:Airlines Charging Highest Fees

Miami International Airport ranked as one of the best popular winter airports to travel to or from, ranking 19 when it came to percentage of flight delays. Hopper found 22 percent of flights from MIA were delayed. The only popular airport that had a lower percentage was Honolulu International Airport, at 14 percent. 

To learn more about the study or find out where other Florida airports ranked, click here

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