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TSA Officers Killed in Line off Duty to Receive Same Death Benefits As Other Federal Law Enforcement Officers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not often that a TSA officer dies in the line of duty.

In fact, TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez, 39, became the first to die on Nov. 1 at Los Angeles International Airport.

But Westside Today reports that the House Appropriations Committee this week approved a legislative amendment that would provide the same death benefits to Hernandez’s family that are given to family members of other federal law enforcement officers killed on the line of duty.

The benefits will be available to future TSA officers killed in the line of duty.

“These benefits will be a great help to his wife and the couple’s young children,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles. “Not only was today’s vote an important moment for the Hernandez family, I also believe it sends a powerful message to our nation’s homeland security personnel that we value their service and honor their sacrifices.”

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DEA Busts T.S.A. Screeners at LAX for Letting Drugs Through Security

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Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

This time it was drugs slipping through security for a few thousand in bribes.  Next time? Who knows?

One federal prosecutor noted that next time it could be dangerous materials.

The L.A. Times reports that the DEA has busted four former and current TSA agents at LAX. They allegedly accepted cash to let drug couriers board planes with suitcases full of cocaine and methamphetamines.

Authorities filed trafficking and bribery charges against the 4 TSA screeners, in a case that represents a “significant breakdown of the screening system,” U.S. Atty Andre Birotte Jr. said in a  press release, adding that the accused screeners “placed greed above the nation’s security needs.”

The bust carries larger security implications.

“In this case it was narcotics; we want to make sure the next time it’s not other dangerous materials,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Herzog told the L.A. Times. Herzog added that the drugs did not make it out of the airport.

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Bomb Threat Note Found on Thai Flight to LA

plane window2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A jittery public continues to get a periodic reminder of the potential dangers of flying.

The latest came Tuesday evening when  Thai Airways flight 794 from Bangkok landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport  after a bomb threat written in poorly worded English was discovered on a bathroom mirror, the Associated Press reported. No explosives were found aboard.

The plane landed just before 9 p.m., AP reported. The FBI said the plane had less than 200 passengers, who were interviewed, the AP reported.