Hudson, McCaul to Hold Los Angeles Hearing on LAX Shooting
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Transportation Security will hold a field hearing entitled “Lessons from the LAX Shooting: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies at Airports” at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on March 28 at 1 p.m. PT.
In November, a gunman entered LAX and began firing, fatally wounding Transportation Security Officer Gerardo Hernandez and injuring three others. Since the shooting, separate assessments have been conducted by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to determine what lessons can be learned to better protect airports from active shooters. This hearing will allow Members the opportunity to review these findings with TSA Administrator Pistole and local law enforcement and discuss potential changes to emergency response protocols at airports nationwide.
FRIDAY, March 28 at 1 p.m. PT
Subcommittee on Transportation Security
Lessons from the LAX Shooting: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies at Airports
Los Angeles International Airport, One World Way, Los Angeles, California
Samuel Greenberg Board Room, Clifton A. Moore Administration Building
Invited Witnesses Include:
- Hon. John S. Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Ms. Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports
- Mr. Patrick M. Gannon, Chief of Airport Police, Los Angeles World Airports
Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson on the hearing (R-NC): "This hearing will give Members the opportunity to honor the victims of the tragic shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by examining ways to better protect the passengers, officers, and employees who enter our nation's airports every day. I look forward to analyzing the findings of the reports from both LAX airport officials and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). These reports, together with the hearing and input from other critical stakeholders, will give us a better understanding of what more can be done to ensure the safety and security of the traveling public."
Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on the hearing: “Last November, a shooter entered LAX and senselessly took the life of TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez and injured three other individuals. The immediate actions of TSA and law enforcement to pursue the shooter undoubtedly saved lives, however it has been discovered since the incident that some procedures could be improved in order to ensure TSA can communicate with local and airport police more efficiently. It is important that we review how airport security can better coordinate and respond to an emergency, and I look forwarding to hearing from TSA Administrator Pistole and the LA World Airport police regarding their investigations into this tragic event.”
*LIVE video of the hearing will be available on LAWA’s website.