Saturday, the union for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) asked that armed guards be present at every TSA checkpoint at every airport, according to USA Today. The request came after the shootings at LAX Friday.
President of American Federation of Government Employees, J. David Cox Sr. said Saturday:
"Every local airport has its own security arrangement with local police to some type of contract security force. There is no standardization throughout the country. Every airport operates differently. Obviously at L.A. there were a fair number of local police officers there."
Friday, TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was killed during a shooting at LAX and three people were also wounded (two of which were TSA agents).
The alleged shooter Paul Ciancia, 23, was arrested for Friday’s shootings.
TSA said that they not expected to see an immediate change, but that "passengers may see an increased presence of local law enforcement officers throughout the country."
The Senate Homeland Security Committee said Saturday that they will review the request after the investigation for Friday’s shooting is complete.
Friday night, FBI agents searched Ciancia's home in Los Angeles looking for clues about why this might have happened. CNN reported that the gunman had enough ammunition to shoot everyone within sight at the LAX airport. Hundreds of people reportedly ran for cover after the first shot. LAX is one of the busiest airports in the world.
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Sources: CNN and USA Today