In the wake of November's deadly
The measure, introduced by Rep.
After Hernandez was attacked, two other TSA officials and a schoolteacher were wounded as a gunman with an assault-style rifle ran through a passenger screening area and went on a rampage inside Terminal 3.
The Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act requires the
The measure also requires the department to identify the best security practices that exist at the nation's airports and develop ways to share those measures with other commercial aviation facilities.
"It is imperative that major airports like LAX have a state-of-the-art emergency response system," said Rep.
After the shooting, several congressional and state hearings were held, including one in Waters' district, which includes LAX.
Those hearings revealed security lapses at the nation's third-largest airport that interfered with emergency response efforts. They included an emergency phone and panic buttons that did not work, as well as coordination and communications problems involving public safety agencies.
"These security failures are unacceptable," Waters said.
The discussions also addressed the removal of armed police officers from LAX's security checkpoints months before the shooting. A debate has ensued over whether the officers should be put back.
The chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department contends that removing the officers and adding them to patrols around LAX is a more effective use of limited resources.
Representatives of TSA officials and other members of the airport Police Department have said that armed officers are needed at the checkpoints or at least put on patrols that center on screening areas.
The bill, which passed on a voice vote, now goes to the