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Airbnb helps travelers displaced by airport shooting

The home-sharing service offers free lodging to travelers grounded by mass shooting Friday
January 08, 2017 10:10AM

Crowds gather after a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. (Credit: PBS)

Home-sharing service Airbnb is offering free lodging to travelers displaced by the deadly mass shooting Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Airbnb activated its Disaster Response Tool, which connects travelers grounded by flight delays and cancellations with hosts offering rentals free of charge.

As of 7:30 a.m. Sunday, two rooms and two homes in the Fort Lauderdale area were still available free of charge on the Airbnb website.

Airbnb spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a prepared statement that the company is “hopeful that the Fort Lauderdale Airbnb community will come together and open their homes for those in need.”

The San Franciso-based company created its Disaster Response Tool in 2012 to help people displaced by Hurricane Sandy. The company activated the tool in October to provide free lodging to people who evacuated their homes ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

The tool will remain active through Monday. To reserve a listing or to list a home with the Disaster Response Tool, click on airbnb.com/disaster/ftlauderdale [Miami Herald]Mike Seemuth