So apparently for a few people their primary sources of "on the scene" news about the LAX gunman last friday were Grant Imahara (and/or other Mythbusters possibly) tweeting about the chaos breaking loose in Terminal 3, and me tweeting about how absolutely nothing was happening in Terminal 4. (And oddly, some of those tweets about how nothing was happening got favorited and retweeteed.)
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So yeah, according to a lot of the reports at the time all of LAX was being evacuated and no flights were taking off. Instead it seems that possibly just one or two terminals were evacuated, and although LAX issued a "ground stop", it was mainly directed at incoming flights, not outgoing ones. This article (to pick one at semi-random) starts out saying "No flights are departing from Los Angeles International (LAX) in the wake of a shooting at the airport this morning." but then follows it up later with "It's fair to say that every flight out of LAX today will be significantly delayed," and then ended with "Of the 1,144 flights scheduled to operate at the airport today, there were 65 departures cancelled, 61 arrivals cancelled, 113 departures delayed, and 119 arrivals delayed, according to FlightAware.com."
So apparently "no flights departing" and "every flight delayed" actually means 11% canceled and 20% delayed. I guess it goes to show that twitter and early news reports (themselves probably at least partially based on twitter) may be great for getting the gist of things pretty quickly, but not so great on the details.
The flight home was mostly uneventful. Certainly nothing compared to crazed gunman blasting away 1000 feet away from us at least. We got to the airport, got lucky with the security check and ended up in a line with no naked scanner, and got through with plenty of time to spare. We stopped to get some lunch at, uh, some San Francisco Soup place. Then we went to our gate and didn't have very long to wait before being boarded. The flight was quick of course, and on arrival at LAX we went out to the ground transportation to catch a shuttle back to the Marriott to pick up Avalyn's car.
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In any case we drove home, then took Avalyn's sister out to dinner at Luna Park to thank her for taking care of Avalyn's kitty while we were away, then went back to Avalyn's place and watched the latest episode of Dracula, then took a brief nap, and then i headed home to take care of my own kitty before i collapsed.