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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Kate Mather
The president of the union representing more than 45,000 Transportation Security Administration agents urged Congress and the agency on Monday to create a new class of officers that would be armed with weapons. J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 45,000 Transportation Security Administration agents, said that the "sad truth is that our TSA officers are subject to daily verbal assaults and far too frequent physical attacks while performing their security duties.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Dan Weikel
LAX police and the federal Transportation Security Administration are reviewing protocols in the wake of the shooting Friday that left a TSA agent dead and several other people wounded. At a news conference over the weekend, TSA Administrator John Pistole said his agency's review will include the question of whether its agents should be armed (they are not presently). “We will look at what our policies and procedures are and what provides the best possible security," he said. A review is also planned at LAX. Experts have long said that lobbies, ticketing counters, baggage claim areas and sidewalks of the nine terminals at Los Angeles International Airport are easily accessible to attackers intent on bringing firearms or bombs into the airport's public areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Kate Mather
When Congress formed the Transportation Security Administration two months after 9/11, the agency's mission was clear: Its officers would not carry guns or make arrests. Instead, they would focus on screening passengers for weapons, bombs and other dangerous materials. But the shooting death of a TSA officer at Los Angeles International Airport - the first fatality in the agency's history - could change that. On Monday, the union representing 45,000 federal security agents called for the creation of a class of armed TSA officers with law enforcement training and the authority to arrest people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Laura J. Nelson
Despite a $1.6-billion investment in new security measures at LAX since 9/11, Friday's shooting by a gunman who made his way deep into a passenger terminal demonstrates that the airport remains vulnerable to attacks that appear costly and difficult to defend against. Lobbies, ticketing counters, baggage claim areas and sidewalks of the nine terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the nation's third-busiest, are easily accessible to attackers intent on bringing firearms or bombs into the airport's public areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Dan Weikel
The Los Angeles International Airport terminal where a deadly shooting broke out Friday, killing one Transportation Safety Administration screener and sending hundreds of passengers scurrying for cover, was fully reopened early Saturday afternoon, officials said at a news conference . Operations at the airport were thrown into disarray Friday when a gunman -- identified by police as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia -- opened fire...
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October 6, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Unlikeliest Vegas trip ever. A 9-year-old Minneapolis boy slipped through a wall of post-Sept. 11 airport security and onto a Delta Airlines flight to Las Vegas last week, officials said.  He was alone and had no ticket. The boy's successful venture Thursday appeared to be his second attempt in two days to bluff his way into the airport. A day earlier, on Wednesday, he had taken the light rail to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, stole a stranger's bag off the baggage carousel, ordered a meal at a pre-security airport restaurant, and then ran away without paying after telling the wait staff he was going to the bathroom, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan told the Los Angeles Times.
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October 2, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A 39-year-old man was charged on Wednesday with falsely telling airport security agents in Jacksonville, Fla., that he had a bomb in his backpack, a hoax that prompted the airport's closure and the delay or rerouting of about two dozen flights, officials said. Zeljko Causevic, who was born in Bosnia and is an American citizen who lives in Jacksonville, was taken into custody around 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to an arrest report from the Jacksonville sheriff's office.  He was arrested on Wednesday and will probably make a court appearance later in the day, officials said.
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August 6, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Most people can't wait to leave the airport once they've reached their destination. Douglas Thompson can barely tear himself away, which explains why Thompson, a visitor from Glasgow, Scotland, was perched happily on a bench in the aptly named Planeview Park one recent afternoon, watching jets roar into the sky from LaGuardia Airport's Runway 4. The bench is one of the few amenities in this park, a triangular acre where the roar of...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Police believe gangs are responsible for a graffiti attack on a $2.3-million Learjet in a secure area of Van Nuys Airport. "This is a big deal to me, to have somebody who could get onto the airfield and who could do that kind of damage, that kind extensive graffiti to an aircraft, and not be seen," said Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon. "I'm not happy about it. " Gannon, who said the culprit went to "great lengths" to access the airfield, said meetings have already taken place to discuss strategies to prevent future incidents, including parking aircraft where they will be more visible to airport security officers.
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July 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Authorities are investigating an incident in which a $2.3-million Learjet was spray-painted with graffiti in a secure area of Van Nuys Airport, a crime that Los Angeles police said was gang-related. The jet, which was vandalized with black spray-paint spelling out "flame," "R.I.P. " and an unidentified initial on the left front fuselage, was parked in an overflow area of the tarmac near Maguire Aviation in the 7100 block of Valjean Avenue, said law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
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