Fort Lauderdale airport reopens after ‘suspicious wires’ probe causes delays, traffic

Many flights are delayed after Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport had to halt operations Thursday morning as a suspicious vehicle was investigated. The all-clear was given around 7 a.m., but traffic woes and cancellations have made it a frustrating day for many.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has reopened after an investigation that has caused major delays and backed up traffic for miles early Thursday morning.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said deputies received information around 1:10 a.m. of “suspicious wires found in a vehicle parked on the upper level of the airport.”

The area was evacuated, and traffic in and out of the airport was shut down.

BSO’s bomb squad ultimately determined that the wires were not a threat, giving an all-clear shortly after 7 a.m.

“Operations at FLL are gradually returning to normal following an earlier security incident outside of Terminals 2 and 3,” the airport said. “Please be patient as FLL employees, including TSA and CBP personnel, are allowed back into the airport to resume operations.”

FLL is urging travelers to check with their airlines for flight statuses.

Sky 10 shows the traffic backup outside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday morning. (WPLG)

Local 10 news crews arrived on the scene around 3:30 a.m. and saw a parking lot of cars along Griffin Road at the Perimeter Road entrance.

People were standing on the road with their luggage in hand, waiting to get on airport grounds.

About the Authors:

Parker Branton joined Local 10 News in January 2019 as a reporter. He was born and raised in Rome, Georgia, but now loves living on the sunny beaches of South Florida.

Elsa Bolt is a South Florida native and an Emmy Award Winning Executive News Producer. She entered the news industry in 2008 and has spent most of her career with Local 10 News.