US lawmakers discuss attack at Los Angeles airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. lawmakers wrapped up a hearing on last year's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport by praising the swift response of police but without reaching a conclusion on how to improve security for screening officers at checkpoints.

The congressional hearing on Friday came after two reports found a need to improve airport security after a gunman targeted TSA officers at LAX on Nov. 1, killing one and wounding two others and a passenger.

The hearing was marked by pointed questions to LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon and TSA Administrator John Pistole.

A TSA report recommended that armed law enforcement be present at passenger screening checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.

Gannon acknowledged that two armed officers were outside the terminal when the shooting started and one was on a bathroom break without informing dispatchers, as required.


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