Friday, November 1, 2013

Shots fired at LAX — where’s the TSA?

Gee, I guess all the groping can't prevent this. Quelle surprise.

From the New York Times:
LOS ANGELES — A shooting at Los Angeles International Airport led to the evacuation of at least one terminal on Friday, the authorities said. Flights have been grounded and passengers have not been allowed to get off airplanes that have landed, the airport said.
While little information was immediately available about the incident, which airport officials say happened around 9:30 a.m., television images showed at least one person being wheeled from a stretcher into a waiting ambulance. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it had transported multiple people to hospitals, but provided no other details.
Passengers were seen milling outside of both Terminals 2 and 3 at the airport. 
And here's CNN's account.

Well, we've only been saying it till we're blue in the face: all the scanning, scoping, bullying, harassing, robbing, and groping can't and won't prevent an attack at the airport. But keep telling yourself it will. And keep acquiescing to the TSA.

UPDATE: This story is changing by the minute. Both the NYT and the CNN articles I originally linked have changed. Now some sources are reporting that there have been deaths. Will keep updating this story as reports are confirmed.

UPDATE 3:33 PM: At least 7 injured, gunman reportedly one of those, and one TSA agent killed.

UPDATE #3, from the NYT: Federal officials identified the gunman as Paul Ciancia, 23, of Los Angeles, who had previously lived in New Jersey. A senior federal official said that he had a note with “antigovernment and anti-T.S.A. ramblings.” Mr. Ciancia was being treated at a Los Angeles hospital, officials said.
Officials did not release the T.S.A. agent’s name, but said he was a 40-year-old man who had recently moved to Los Angeles from Montana. He was working as a behavior detection officer, responsible for looking for suspicious activity.