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LAX's Security Team Once Included Workers Who Used Drugs

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Airport security is a hot-button topic today, and with LAX serving as a major international hub how we keep travelers safe is getting much attention. While local officials like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are lauding the facility for its level of security, as recently as last month several "LAX security workers were fired [...] after they were allegedly discovered to have been using drugs," notes LA Daily, following a CBS2 report on the subject.According to the account, the discovery of off-duty drug use came when authorities looking into the case of a U.S. Transportation Security Administration thought to have been "making counterfeit parking passes for an LAX employee parking lot," and the investigation unearthed "a video tape showing a number of TSA agents at an 'after-hours' party using drugs," found at the suspect's home. Following the discovery of the tape "those employees were then called in and tested for drugs, and an unknown number were fired."

It seems, however, that LAX believes these employees would have been found eventually, since the airport conducts random drug tests on their workers. It is not known if any of the employees had been under the influence of drugs while at work.

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