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Miami Herald-Jennifer Smits

This week on The Florida Roundup...

The Obama administration repealed the "wet foot, dry foot" policy for Cubans. This ends a special privilege that allowed Cubans who make it to U.S. sand or soil to stay. 

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When Esteban Santiago killed five people in the Terminal 2 baggage claim of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, he revealed a vulnerable area. The baggage claim is outside airport security and  people coming off flights or into the airport can move freely.

With this in mind, airport security consultant Leticia Monteagudo says travelers should get to the security screening quickly, spending as little time as possible outside secured areas.

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"We need to keep as many weapons out of the airport as possible."

Emilio González knows about weapons at airports. He's a military veteran. He's a concealed weapons permit holder. And he's the boss at Florida's busiest passenger airport -- Miami International Airport.

 

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Many of the lowest paid workers at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport have moved one step closer to what’s considered a “living wage” in Broward County.

For the past several years,  workers like baggage handlers, skycaps and wheelchair assistants at the airport have been fighting to be covered by the Broward County living wage ordinance,  which would bring minimum wages to $11.68 for workers with health benefits and $13.20 for workers without.

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Take our quiz to see how good you are at identifying who you should tip.  

If you eat at a restaurant, it's obvious you won't just pay the price of your meal. Tipping is not just customary, it is understood to be part of a server's take-home pay.

It is not so obvious, however, that wheelchair attendants at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are paid the very same way.

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About 75 workers and their supporters gathered outside the Broward County Commission building Tuesday to protest their current wages.

The board approved a framework for discussions with airlines and subcontractors about a voluntary wage increase for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport workers. The commission also approved supports to establish break rooms in terminals, and to provide a hotline for anonymous employee complaints.

Broward County Aviation

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International will increase its capacity for yearly takeoffs and landings by more than 50 percent once its new runway goes live 20 months from now.

But it's going to be tricky in the meantime. Building the new runway will require closing one of the airport's two existing runways and that will expose flights and travelers to the risk of unforeseen -- and possibly lengthy -- delays.