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The incident is almost certain to be exploited by the federal government and the media to justify draconian TSA security policies, but it could also be used to rubber stamp a policy of arming TSA agents.
As we reported earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security has been hiring shooting ranges near airports in order to train TSA agents, suggesting that a plan to equip the screeners with firearms has been on the agenda for a while.
Actually? I'm going to take what I know will be the odd position...but YES. I think they should arm and fully qualify the TSA 'agents' as POST certified law enforcement officers.
Right now, the gun is about all they're missing and they have almost nothing of the training, personality screening and accountability an actual law enforcement type goes though and lives with. All the benefits with none of the downside.
They need a little downside to slow their roll. Giving them guns would allow the demand for that to change, right along with it. After all, who in their right mind wants someone with a gun in and airport based on CURRENT TSA security agent requirements? 'Doh! I was werking at buger king last week! Now I is a speckal ajent! Har Har!'. Okay, it's not QUITE that bad...but it's real close if someone looks up the actual, on paper requirements to apply and get one of the positions.
It's being reported the shooter is a TSA agent.
Wouldnt surprise me if the feds used a TSA agent going on a rampage as justification to arm other TSA agents.
When it's a public place that you or I frequent the answer is that none of us should have guns. When it's one of the feds own the answer is not enough of them have guns.
A TSA agent has been shot dead and at least one other wounded after a gunman opened fire at an LAX security check point today.
Terminal 3 was evacuated shortly before 10am (PST) on Friday as gunfire rang out at Los Angeles International. Terrified passengers fled the building while others sheltered in lounges that were immediately placed on lock down.
The gunman, who was armed with a high-powered rifle, has been shot and is in custody, according to police.
The TSA agent was reportedly shot when the gunman opened fire at the desk where he was checking passengers’ passports and boarding cards. The gunman was reportedly an off-duty TSA agent, according to CBS News.
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The TSA agent was reportedly shot in the leg as the gunman opened fire at the desk where he was checking passengers' passports and boarding cards. The gunman who was armed with a high-powered rifle has been shot and is in custody, according to police
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Absolutely. I hate to admit it but in today's world my first thought was not of the loss of life which happened but with the fact that now the TSA has something other than 9/11 to justify their existence. They're going to be insufferable.
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The idea in arming them wouldn't be to give them more authority. They already have all that right now. It would be to force what they do not have. Screening, real training that goes beyond orientation and basic procedures coupled with the accountability system a TRUE law enforcement agency has.
The fact we have what appears to be an off-duty TSA doing this thing tends to make the case...although off duty federal agents have been known to go postal occasionally too. Just like people across society, I suppose.
Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National at time of application submission
Be at least 18 years of age at time of application submission
Pass a Drug Screening and Medical Evaluation
Pass a background investigation including a credit and criminal check
No default on $7,500 or more in delinquent debt (but for some bankruptcies)
Selective Service registration required
Applicants must meet these qualifications in order to be further evaluated in the TSO hiring process:
Have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) credential OR at least one year of full-time work experience in the security industry, aviation screening, or as an X-ray technician
Be proficient in the English language (i.e., able to read, write, speak, and listen)
usajobs.gov - Hiring Requirements and Qualifications Page for TSO
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you may be invited to take a Computer Based Test (CBT) to confirm English language proficiency and evaluate x-ray interpretation aptitude. Upon passing the CBT, you will be eligible to be scheduled for additional assessments, which include: (1) a color vision test; (2) a structured interview to determine, among other qualities, your decision making skill and your ability to work with teams and the general public; (3) a drug screening; and (4) a job related medical evaluation that includes a vision exam, hearing exam, and adequate joint mobility exam (in part to determine the physical potential to repeatedly lift and/or carry up to 70 pounds, to stand between one to four hours without a break, and to walk up to two miles during a shift).
Federal officials identified the alleged gunman Friday afternoon as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, of Los Angeles, NBC News reported.Source
During a mid-day news conference, authorities did not confirm reports that the gunman was an off-duty or former TSA employee. In a statement released Friday afternoon the TSA said "multiple" officers were shot.
"Earlier this morning, a shooting occurred at Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport," according to the statement. "Multiple Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) were shot, one fatally. Additional details will be addressed by the FBI and local law enforcement who are investigating the shooting."