FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As protests in Charlotte capture the nation’s attention, there are people who have airplane flights to the city in turmoil, either for a transition flight to another city or as a destination.
Charlotte native Carrie Howell is going home for the first time since leaving the city on Sunday for a healthcare conference in Fort Wayne.
“I definitely think there’s an anxiety,” she said. “I don’t think I fear for my safety. I think there’s more of a sadness today and I’ve gotten multiple emails, multiple phone calls, Facebook posts from people saying there’s just a real sadness today there because it’s such a great city.”
People in Charlotte are rioting because police shot and killed Keith Scott Tuesday night. The National Guard has been called in to help local authorities keep the peace. The riots arose again on Wednesday night.
Howell’s flight home was Thursday at 3:16 p.m.
Since the protests broke out in Charlotte, she said she’s been glued to her TV screen. She’s also been getting warning emails from a non-profit she works for, telling people to be aware and on guard in town. They’re also asking people to check dumpsters outside of their businesses in case people start fires in them and to make sure their businesses are secured in case there are looters.
“It’s a little surprising in some ways, but it’s just hard,” she said. “It’s home and it’s really hard today to think about your home being in unrest.”
Howell wishes the peaceful protests didn’t lose control, but she says a lot of people get it.
“A lot of people understand why the crisis is going on but we want to do something about it,” she said. “There’s a lot of people there that really want to make the world a better place and just like myself, we want to figure out what we can do to bring peace back to the city.”
About two flights depart to Charlotte from Fort Wayne International Airport a day.