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Villaraigosa Deems LAX a Top Terrorist Target, Forms Security Committee

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has formed a 26-member committee tasked with making LAX safer while reducing passenger wait times, according to Daily News. The new committee is comprised of city employees and outside experts, including security experts from Israel's famously safe Ben Gurion airport. The committee will focus on counter-terrorism, law enforcement, fire protection and emergency management.

Councilman Greig Smith, tapped to be the council's representative on the panel, believes Villaraigosa has assembled "the best minds on security" and he's "confident we can make LAX the safest airport in the country."

Full-body scanners are installed in a few LAX terminals, but it remains unclear if a "touch your junk" policy review will be part of the committee's tasks.

Villaraigosa expects an initial report on current safety measures and recommended changes by next spring.