Statement from U.S. Rep. John Katko on Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Syracuse, New York – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement regarding the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport:

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the horrific and senseless shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida today.  I am incredibly thankful for the actions of the law enforcement officers and other first responders who put their own lives on the line to assist those in harm’s way. 

“While the investigation into this incident is ongoing, today’s events are a tragic reminder of the dire need to address gaps in security at airports nationwide.  As Chair of the House Homeland Security Transportation Security Subcommittee, I have sought to address many of the threats posed in unsecure areas of airports.   Last Congress,  I authored the Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act, a bipartisan measure that was signed into law, which requires enhanced coordination amongst first responders, law enforcement, and airport officials during active shooter situations.  Still, it is clear there is much more we can do.  I will continue to closely monitor the details of today’s shooting, and going forward, we will continue our efforts to address these gaps in airport security nationwide and to keep the traveling public safe.”

Congressman John Katko serves on the House Homeland Security Committee where he chairs the Transportation Security Subcommittee.  He represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga,Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County.  For more information, please visit or