Most Southern Californians no doubt remember the fatal airport shooting
at LAX nearly a year ago. On November 1, 2013, a heavily armed gunman
entered the airport, walked to a security checkpoint and began shooting.
By the time he was stopped, seven people had been injured and a Transportation
Security Officer had been killed.
The shooter is currently awaiting trial on serious criminal charges. But
according to a recent
wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of the slain TSA agent, the shooter is not
solely to blame for her husband’s death. The lawsuit also alleges
negligent security at the airport.
The plaintiff lists detailed complaints about the alleged lapses in security
protocol and airport security technology that slowed emergency response
times and did not allow for effective coordination between various security
forces. In addition to naming the airport and airport police as defendants,
the woman has also named the City of Los Angeles, L.A. County and the
city’s police and fire departments.
The shooting at LAX was one of far too many shootings across the United
States in recent years. These senseless acts of violence are becoming
so common, in fact, that the public has seemingly become desensitized.
However, airport security has been a major national priority since the
September 11th attacks in 2001. The fact that this shooter was able to
get as far as he did suggests that vigilance is beginning to fade.
It is unclear if this woman’s wrongful death lawsuit will be successful.
But one thing is clear: airport security is still a major problem, and
changes need to be made at LAX.
Source: Courthouse News Service, “
Family of Slain TSA Agent Sues Los Angeles,” Matt Reynolds, Oct. 9, 2014