Contact Us
Make My Homepage

TSA Screeners Could Carry Cellphones

The Transportation Security Administration is considering a policy change that would allow screeners to carry cellphones so they can quickly call for help in an emergency.

Los Angeles International Airport
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

The proposal is part of an ongoing review of the response to a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport that left a TSA officer dead. A TSA official close to the investigation wasn’t authorized to speak publically about the ongoing probe and disclosed the proposal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

In November, TSA officers — who are unarmed — fled the screening area without hitting a panic button or using a landline to call for help when the shooting started. Officers were summoned by an airport contractor who called for help.

The no-cellphone policy is to limit distractions for screeners.

The suspected gunman, Paul Ciancia, faces murder and other charges.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Best of NJ 101.5

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.