TSA calls for armed guards at airports

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – It is meant to be a deterrent — new recommendations from the TSA would add armed law enforcement at checkpoints during peak travel times.

For better security at checkpoints, the TSA is recommending among other things, mandatory active shooter training and exercise and law enforcement officers at checkpoints.

The TSA is recommending reinforcing emergency procedures through daily supervisor review and mandatory bi-annual evacuation drills.

The recommendations come as a response to the November 1st killing of a TSA security officer at LAX.


After the incident, it was found that there was a delay in the response.

Michael Wilkes from the Lower East Side told PIX11 News he doesn’t feel this would prevent a tragedy.

“If somebody is disturbed whether there’s an armed guard at the place they go to or not they’re still disturbed,” said Wilkes.

According to the report, this would build on existing security at airports.

Port Authority did not respond to our call for comment.

The report also calls for more panic alarms, more panic alarm tests.

The will be a congressional field hearing with the head of the TSA in LA this Friday.

1 Comment

  • Henry

    I saw your news segement last night. I thought the graphics at the beginning of the report showed "T & A" on the TSA logo. Please check this. Maybe someone in your graphics department was playing around.

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