LA airport creates emergency response team

by The Associated Press
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A Los Angeles Police officer patrols outside the departure area at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

A Los Angeles Police officer patrols outside the departure area at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Officials at Los Angeles International Airport are seeking volunteers among its full-time workforce to staff a response team designed to assist travelers during emergency operations.

The Daily Breeze says the creation of the Airport Response Team follows criticism that passengers were not kept informed after a Terminal 3 shooting rampage earlier this month.

The team would be activated during emergencies and tasked with communicating with passengers and airport visitors. It would start with about 100 members.

In the hours after the Nov. 1 shooting that killed Transportation Security Administration officer Gerardo Hernandez, many travelers waited for hours on airport roadways.

City Councilman Mike Bonin introduced a measure on Nov. 5 asking airport officials to report back within 45 days about how they could improve crisis communication.

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