A bipartisan airport security bill named for the Transportation Security Administration agent killed during the Nov. 1 shooting spree at LAX passed the House of Representatives by a voice vote last week.
The Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of 2014 directs the assistant secretary of Homeland Security to implement a variety of measures designed to improve security at airports where TSA performs or oversees security-related activities.
Three other TSA officers were wounded during the one-man shooting rampage, which shut down the airport for 30 hours and caused cancellations of more than 250 flights.
“It is imperative that major airports like LAX have a state-of-the-art emergency response system. The safety and security of our nation’s airports and all of the workers and travelers who pass though them is of paramount importance,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles), whose district includes LAX.
Congress conducted several hearings on the shooting incident, including a field hearing in Waters’ district on March 28.
“These hearings revealed serious security lapses at LAX, which interfered with response efforts, such as emergency phones and panic buttons that did not work properly, problems in coordination between various police and fire departments, and incompatible radio systems. These security failures are unacceptable,” Waters said.
“I urge my colleagues to support this bill and send it to the president’s desk.”