Union representing TSA agents wants to arm some officers

LOS ANGELES - In light of the deadly shooting at Los Angeles airport, the president of the union representing Transportation Security Administration agents wants to create a new class of officers that would be armed.

J. David Cox Sr., the president of the union, said in a statement that TSA agents are "subject to daily verbal assaults and far too frequent physical attacks," according to the LA Times.  He wants to create a new class of officers that would have law enforcement status, meaning they could also make arrests.

TSA Administrator John Pistole said they will review the idea of arming agents.

Critics of the proposal say the focus of training should be how to look for dangerous weapons and dangerous people, not teaching them how to shoot a gun, according to the LA Times.

 

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