CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 |
The Transportation Security Administration agent who was killed at Los Angeles International Airport died within two to five minutes of being shot, coroner's officials said. Gerardo I. Hernandez, a 39-year-old father of two, was shot multiple times, according to a one-page statement released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. A final autopsy report is expected to be released Friday. Hernandez became the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty when a gunman opened fire at the airport the morning of Nov. 1. Three others were wounded before the suspect - identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23 - was shot in a gun battle with airport police and taken into custody.
November 18, 2013 |
You have no more excuses for eating junk food while traveling. At the nation's busiest airports, 76% of restaurants offer at least one healthy entree, according to a survey by a panel of doctors. That's a big improvement from 2001, when only 57% of airports offered at least one healthy dish. In a ranking of 18 airports by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Denver International Airport came out on top, with 86% of its restaurants offering healthy dishes such as wraps, barley burgers, vegetable soup, Roma tomato paninis and spinach salads.
November 10, 2013 |
Are you tired of having airport security screeners toss away your bottles of water, shampoo or lotion? Change is on the way in some parts of the world. Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization in Ohio, has built a screening device that London's Heathrow Airport began installing last week to test liquids carried by passengers onto planes. Heathrow Airport screeners will begin using the device in January, when the European Union will start allowing some liquids, aerosols and gels onto planes under a phased timetable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2013 |
With a martini in hand, John Cashen was deep in a discussion of military electronics, when a 747 jetliner seemed to float past in slow motion onto LAX's south runway complex. Cashen, who pioneered the radar-evading design of the B-2 Stealth bomber, stopped to watch the plane - just a few hundred yards away - thunder past his table at the Proud Bird, the aerospace industry's favorite watering hole for more than a half-century. "There's no place else like this in the world," said Cashen, 76, who retired from Northrop Grumman in 1993 but still consults for the firm.
November 7, 2013 |
The recent shooting at Los Angeles International Airport has raised questions about how airport security can be improved, specifically, whether Transportation Security Administration airport screeners should be armed. In part, this reflects the natural tendency to examine every terrible event with a view of how to prevent its recurrence. But it also reflects the desire of Americans to create a risk-free society. From this perspective, a shooting with casualties like the one at LAX can only be the result of a failure of security, which therefore must be increased.
November 5, 2013
Re "LAX shooting points up gaps in post-9/11 security," Nov. 3 Once again a shooting is being used by various vested interests to highlight the need for all sorts of new enhanced security measures and to point out "gaps" in security. This shooter could as easily have decided he had a grudge against Starbucks - would that point to gaps in security at coffee stores? Simply put, this is an individual with issues who had access to semi-automatic weapons and ammunition, period. There is only one gap here we should be discussing.