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Police Presence Boosted After L.A. Airport Shooting

Published: November 3, 2013
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Source: Bloomberg

Local police will increase their presence at U.S. airports and the Transportation Security Administration will evaluate its procedures after a gunman killed an agency officer at Los Angeles International Airport.

The agency will discuss airport security issues “writ large” with Congress, including whether to arm officers, TSA Administrator John Pistole said at a press conference in Los Angeles yesterday.

“Obviously this gives us great concern,” said Pistole, who met with the family of Officer Gerardo Hernandez, 39, the first TSA employee killed in the line of duty, and other victims of the Nov. 1 shootings. “We will look at what our policies and procedures are and what provides the best possible security.”

Anybody can show up at an airport security checkpoint with a weapon, and the TSA needs to coordinate better with local police forces who provide security for its unarmed airport screeners, Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who is chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” today.

“It’s almost like an open shopping mall,” McCaul said. “It’s very difficult to protect.”

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