TSA calls for armed police and active shooter drills at checkpoints

The TSA has submitted a 25 page report to congress requesting armed police at airport checkpoints and active shooter drills at least twice per year

By John Vibes

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (INTELLIHUB) — On Wednesday, the Transportation Security Administration requested that armed law enforcement officers be posted at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak travel hours.  The TSA made this request in a 25-page report to Congress, which was obtained and published by the Associated Press.

“The current patchwork of local law enforcement agencies across the country inevitably leaves gaps in security, as we saw at LAX,” said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees. “Only an armed law enforcement unit within TSA can ensure the constant and consistent presence of sufficient law enforcement resources needed in the immediate area of the checkpoints and other key locations in order to prevent another tragedy like the one that occurred at LAX.”

The report also recommends that airports conduct active shooter drills at least twice a year, and that TSA staff special teams of air marshals, baggage inspectors and other agents who conduct random security sweeps, according to ABC News.

The union that represents the TSA agents is actually suggesting that the TSA agents themselves be armed.

This is not the first time that the TSA has asked for armed agents at airport checkpoints.

Last November, the union that represents the TSA actually called for placing armed TSA agents at every airport check point.

“Every local airport has its own security arrangement with local police to some type of contract security force,” said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents the TSA. “There is no standardization throughout the country. Every airport operates differently.

TSA Screenings are about to get a lot worse for people who happen to be labeled as a “risk” by the government.

A passenger’s level of risk will be determined by a series of factors including how often the person travels, where they stay when they travel, as well as any personal information that might show up on a background check.

It has also been admitted by the TSA that travel information may be shared with debt collection agencies when they are attempting to track down a debtor.

In other TSA news, we recently reported that the TSA will be deploying teams of military police into train stations, subways and even music festivals.

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John Vibes is an investigative journalist, staff writer and editor for Intellihub News where this article originally appeared. He is also the author of an 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” and is an artist with an established record label. You can find him on his Facebook.
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