(Los Angeles, CA) -- Officials at Los Angeles International Airport are defending security measures at the facility following last week's deadly shooting of a TSA agent. L.A. Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon says alleged gunman Paul Ciancia would not have been caught by police officers if they had been at the front door when Ciancia walked into Terminal Three last Friday.
Gannon and Executive Director for Homeland Security at L.A. World Airports Arif Alikhan say recent criticism that police officers had been moved from areas where they might have stopped Ciancia before he got deep into the terminal are unfounded. They say they constantly work to put security officers in the best place possible, and officers at their new posts in fact helped save many lives when the gunfire erupted. Gannon and Alikhan say they spend large amounts of time changing security efforts to make sure they keep potential criminals guessing, saying they don't ever want to stand pat.
Gannon says TSA employees did a great job when the gunfire erupted last Friday.
Executive Director for Homeland Security at L.A. World Airports Arif Alikhan says security efforts at the airport are constantly changing.