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NFL player arrested for airport bomb threat

National Football League player Aldon Smith was arrested over the weekend at the Los Angeles Airport for allegedly suggesting to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials that he was had a bomb, Reuters reports.

Smith, who plays for the San Francisco 49ers, was angry after being selected for additional screening by TSA officials. 

Los Angeles International Airport Police Sergeant Karla Ortiz said Smith was arrested by airport police for making the false bomb threat, according to the report.

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TSA union: Ryan budget returns airport security to pre-9/11 levels

The union that represents Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers is arguing that Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) proposed budget for fiscal 2015 would return airport security to pre-9/11 levels. 

Ryan proposed a $1.014 trillion budget for 2015 this week that he says would help cut $5.1 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade. 

Ryan’s budget calls for reducing the amount of money that is given to the TSA, among other cuts to transportation-related funding. 

The American Federation of Government Employees union, which represents TSA workers, said Ryan’s proposal would result in more airport security checkpoints being privatized. 

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Week ahead: Lawmakers to review LAX shooting

Lawmakers will return their focus to he shooting that occurred at the Los Angeles International Airport last fall when they travel to the airport to conduct a field hearing this week.

Officials with the House Homeland Security Committee said the panel will hold a hearing at the Los Angeles airport on Friday that will be titled "Lessons from the LAX Shooting: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies at Airports."

The hearing follows the release of a critical report by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reviewing the circumstances that surrounded the Nov. 1 shooting, which resulted in the first death of an on-duty Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since the agency’s inception in 2002.

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House to hold shooting hearing at LAX

Lawmakers in the House will travel to Los Angeles International Airport next Friday to conduct a hearing about the shooting that occurred there last fall.

The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a field hearing at the airport titled "Lessons from the LAX Shooting: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies at Airports,” officials with the panel announced. 

The hearing follows the release of a critical report by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reviewing the circumstances that surrounded the Nov. 1 shooting, which resulted in the first death of an on-duty Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since the agency’s inception in 2002.

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Rep. Waters: LAX shooting response ‘simply unacceptable’

The response of emergency personnel to the shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport was “simply unacceptable,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.

Waters’ comments followed the release of a critical report by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reviewing the circumstances that surrounded the Nov. 1 LAX shooting, which resulted in the first death of an on-duty Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since the agency’s inception in 2002.  

Waters said the report “explains how problems in coordination between various police and fire departments resulted in multiple command posts at different locations that did not unify for 45 minutes. 

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