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TSA report describes efforts to boost worker security following shooting

Washington – In response to an airport shooting in November 2013, the Transportation Security Administration has released a report detailing the agency’s efforts to increase employee training, communication and support.

Enhancing TSA Officer Safety and Security: Agency Actions and Path Forward, released March 26, describes TSA’s actions to help improve worker safety following a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that killed one security officer and wounded two others.

TSA now requires active shooter training and exercises as well as biannual evacuation drills, according to the report. Other changes include reinforcing emergency procedures among supervisors on a daily basis, improving communication to federal air marshals regarding active shooter incidents and expanding use of duress alarms. The agency also issued recommended standards for law enforcement at checkpoints and ticket counters during high travel times.