Albertans flying through Calgary and Edmonton International Airport react to Fort Lauderdale shooting

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WATCH: Albertans passing through the Edmonton International Airport are questioning safety standards after a gunman went on a rampage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Shallima Maharaj reports – Jan 7, 2017

People flying in and out of Alberta’s largest international airports were still in shock Saturday about the shooting that happened at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this week.

Though many said the tragic incident won’t affect whether or not they travel to the U.S., most people told Global News that the guidelines for travelling with firearms need to be more strict.

Arif Budhwani was travelling to Amsterdam and said the current firearms rules are a concern.

“You shouldn’t be able to get to that level going through with the gun in a suitcase. I think security should improve,” Budwani said. “I guess I haven’t given it that much thought, but obviously it is a concern. Will it change the way I travel? We’ll see.”

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According to Transport Canada, it is perfectly legal to bring a gun and ammunition in a checked bag but they must be packed in separate containers and firearms must be unloaded.

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However, firearms and ammunition are never permitted as carry-on luggage.

“I think that the threat and the possibility is always there, no matter what you do. Far short of screening every individual that passes through the front door of an airport, it would be pretty difficult to have the type of security in place that would prevent that kind of thing from happening,” Ken Beleshko said, an air transportation analyst.

Sandy Hendry had just returned from a trip in the U.S. when he heard the news about the shooting.

“They (rules) should be changed,” Hendry said. “I think in Canada we are on the right track in carrying guns.”

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a popular gateway for Canadians heading to Florida, was thrown into chaos Friday afternoon when a shooting left five people dead and more wounded in Terminal 2’s baggage area.

About eight million people funnel through Edmonton International Airport (EIA) each year. It has been the fastest growing airport in the country over the past decade.

“The security protocols at EIA are certainly comprehensive and include a lot of agencies,” Traci Bednard said, spokesperson. “For example, we might think about the RCMP, but there may be others like U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Canada Border Security Agency, intelligence agencies and of course, the federal government.”

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with files from Shallima Maharaj

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