transportation security administration

House Passes Bill To Improve Airport Security In Wake Of LAX Shooting

In the wake of November’s deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to tighten security at the nation’s airports. The measure, introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), is named in honor of Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation Security Administration screener who was shot to death Nov. 1 […]

L.A.’s Congressional Rep Waters Calls For Armed Police At Airports

Los Angeles — In the wake of last month’s deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport , a local congresswoman has called for improvements to airport security, including the permanent assignment of armed police officers near passenger screening checkpoints. Rep. Maxine Waters , D-Los Angeles, also urged law enforcement officials to allow airport police to have access to all airport security cameras. "I believe these recommendations will play a vital role in ensuring that all travelers and airport employees are safe in our nation’s airports," said Waters, whose district includes LAX. Waters made the request on Thursday in a letter sent to John Pistole , head of the Transportation Security Administration , which is responsible for screening passengers at the nation’s commercial airports. In the Nov. 1 shooting, a gunman armed with an assault-style rifle entered Terminal 3 and shot his way through the screening area before he was shot and captured near the boarding gates. A TSA agent was killed and two other TSA officials as well as a schoolteacher were wounded. Paul Anthony Ciancia , 23, has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the attack. Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department removed armed officers from the checkpoints at LAX and added them to patrols, ending a policy that was put in place shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. Critics of the decision, including former airport security officials, said the reassignment reduced the chances officers had of stopping the gunman. In addition, union […]

DHS To Test Face Scanning Cameras At Tri-City Hockey Game

Source: TriCityHerald … It is planned to be used by the U.S. government to test the capabilities of facial recognition software that is available or in the prototype stage. Eventually, state-of-the-art facial recognition technologies could be used to identify terrorists and criminals in public areas, according to the national lab in Richland. The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate works to make technology available to agencies ranging from local police offices to the U.S. Border Patrol, Transportation Security Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. PNNL previously has collected video at the Toyota Center for work with the Department of Homeland Security. But past video either has not captured members of the public or has been too low resolution to identify faces. Hockey fans who don’t want to be on the video will be given options to avoid the cameras. Read More…