The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on March 26 released a comprehensive review of the November 2013 shooting incident at Los Angeles International Airport in which a TSA employee was killed. Immediately following the November attack, the TSA stepped up local and state law enforcement patrols at major airports. The TSA report said new agency protocols should enhance the safety and security of its employees, as well as airline passengers.
The report, titled “Enhancing TSA Officer Safety and Security at Airports,” covers key security issues, including enhanced training, communications and employee support, improvements to equipment and technology and changes to the presence and response times of law enforcement officers at security checkpoints. Specifically, the TSA wants to improve notifications to federal air marshals of active shooter incidents at their own airports, as well as require mandatory training for all employees focused on such events. The agency wants to encourage links between airport emergency alarms and local closed-circuit TV systems.
The new policies also are expected to support changes to first-responder tactics and establish maximum response times in future airport security programs.