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TSA Wants Armed Officers To Stay At Checkpoints Following LAX Shooting

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Following the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last fall, the Transportation Security Administration wants armed officers to stay at security checkpoints during peak hours.TSA conducted its own investigation and has sent a 25-page report to Congress with 14 recommendations, The Associated Press reports. They reviewed security at 450 airports after the Nov.1 shooting in which Paul Ciancia shot and killed TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, along with shooting and wounding two officers and a passenger.

During the shooting, two officers had gone on break and weren’t in the terminal when it happened. Airport police had months prior decided to let officers roam terminals rather than stay put at security checkpoints.

Los Angeles World Airports, the group that operates LAX, released its own report last week saying emergency response at LAX had communication and coordination problems. But their report didn’t mention the two guards who were away during the shooting.