TSA union: agency needs its own armed officers

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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo provided to the Associated Press, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near a weapon at the Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing one person and wounding several others. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday March 26, 2014, that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. The recommendation was one of 14 determined after a nationwide review of security at airports prompted by the shooting at the airport last fall. (AP Photo, File)
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo provided to the Associated Press, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near a weapon at the Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing one person and wounding several others. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday March 26, 2014, that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. The recommendation was one of 14 determined after a nationwide review of security at airports prompted by the shooting at the airport last fall. (AP Photo, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of a union representing 45,000 Transportation Security Administration officers says a report conducted by the TSA after a Los Angeles airport shooting last fall doesn't go far enough in addressing threats posed by individuals targeting its officers.

The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.

The agency made 14 recommendations after a nationwide review of airport security prompted by a fatal shooting at LAX last fall. Authorities say a gunman targeted TSA officers.

J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees says the recommendation further justifies the union's call for creating an armed unit of law enforcement within TSA.

TSA Administrator John Pistole doesn't believe more guns at checkpoints are the solution.

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