House passes bill prompted by LAX attack

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Lighted pylons at the Century Boulevard entrance to Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Lighted pylons at the Century Boulevard entrance to Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The House of Representatives has passed a bill on airport security that was prompted by a gunman’s attack on a Transportation Security Administration station at Los Angeles International Airport last year.

The bipartisan legislation approved Tuesday on a voice vote would require the Department of Homeland Security to verify that airports have working plans to respond to active-shooters, terrorism and other security incidents.

The Nov. 1, 2013, attack at LAX killed TSA screener Gerardo Hernandez, for whom the bill is named, and wounded three other people.

The response revealed lack of coordination among police, fire and other emergency responders, as well as problems with emergency communications equipment.

Area Congresswoman Maxine Waters says it’s imperative that major airports have state-of-the-art emergency response systems.

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate.

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