Airlines let passengers change Vegas flights after shooting

2017-10-03 08:35
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Las Vegas - Big U.S. airlines are allowing passengers to change their plans for flights to or from Las Vegas without facing penalties following the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines said Monday that they offering waivers through Tuesday. A waiver from United Airlines lasts through Friday.

The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs released a statement Monday offering condolences to the victims of the shooting at a country music festival.

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The statement says, "We know that Las Vegas will shine again, but for now we mourn the tragedy it has endured in this dark time."

The department says it is offering support to local businesses that rely on tourism.

A gunman, identified as 64-year-old retired accountant Stephen Craig Paddock, on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino rained heavy fire down on a crowd of over 22 000 at the festival, turning the expanse into a killing field from which there was little escape. At least 58 people died.

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It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. At least 515 people were injured.

The FBI discounted the possibility of international terrorism, even after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. But beyond that, the motive remained a mystery, with Sheriff Joseph Lombardo saying, "I can't get into the mind of a psychopath at this point."

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