Lost bags put former Petersburg mayor in Ft. Lauderdale airport at time of shootings


January 12, 2017

Photo submitted Dave Carlson

Dave Carlson found out about the shooting in Terminal 2 at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport on Friday, while picking up bags inside Terminal 1, via the television monitor. Celia, his wife, was getting coffee at the Starbucks counter, pictured nearby, before they were ushered into a secure location at the airport following the shooting.

A mechanical delay and lost luggage put former Petersburg mayor Dave Carlson and wife Celia at the Fort Lauderdale airport just minutes before shooting broke out in Terminal 2 baggage claim area on Friday.

The Carlsons left their Bend, Oregon home for a 10-day cruise aboard the Harmony of the Seas, 6,000 passenger cruise ship destined for the Caribbean. A mechanical put them in Ft. Lauderdale 6 hours late, without their luggage. They were told Friday morning that American Airlines had transferred their bags via a Virgin Airlines flight, which they could claim at the baggage claim area of Te...

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