Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to require an armed law enforcement officer be stationed within 300 feet of airport security checkpoints received Thursday the endorsement of the president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association.

“We have seen firsthand here at LAX the deadly repercussions of not having a police officer within 300 feet of the screening checkpoint, said Marshall McClain, president of the LAAPOA.

“On November 1, 2013, a shooter injured seven people–six within the passenger screening area — as he walked through TSA screening, down a long hallway, past an active gate and was finally taken down way back at a food court that buttresses up against numerous gates at the end of the terminal,” McClain said. A TSA security officer was killed in the attack.

“Having an officer stationed within 300 feet of the TSA checkpoint area on November 1 would have stopped six people from being injured,” he said.

The Checkpoint Safety Act of 2016 was introduced Monday by Congressman Peter King and Congressman Dan Donovan, both Republicans from New York.

City News Service

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