Los Angeles: Security cutbacks have made Los
Angeles International Airport vulnerable to a terrorist
attack, its police union complained in a letter to airport
officials who deny the allegation.
The Airport Police Officers Association told their police
chief in a letter last month that the force was spread too
thin in the central terminal area, and there have been fewer
random checks of vehicles entering the airport.
Reductions in the deployment of personnel and cuts to the
budget for training are making the airport "more vulnerable to
a terrorist attack than at any time since 9/11," wrote
Marshall McClain, president of the police union.
The airport was the intended target of a bomb plot by an
al-Qaida-trained terrorist who was arrested in December 1999
as he entered the US from Canada in a car with explosives in
The ticket counter for the Israeli airline El Al was the
site of a gunman`s fatal attack in 2002.
Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles
World Airports, disputed the union allegations. She said the
airport police budget has increased annually since the
September 11, 2001 attacks.
"There is no evidence to support allegations ... of
budget reductions or staff cutbacks," Lindsey said in a
She said the airport meets or exceeds the police
deployment requirements of the federal Transportation Security
Administration, which monitors the airport`s security