Rep. Jackson Lee to call for more airport security

Anne Wernikoff

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) will call for increasing security at the largest airports in the U.S. at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on Wednesday, her office said.

The comments will be made less than a week after a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport that resulted in the death of a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent.

Jackson Lee’s office said the Texas lawmaker would discuss “a new security partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the City of Houston—highlighting the importance of information sharing and public vigilance in reporting suspicious activity to state and local and federal law enforcement.”

Jackson Lee is calling for the Department of Homeland Security to review the security of areas before TSA checkpoints at the 15 largest airports in the U.S.

The Houston airport is the 11th largest airport in North America, according to rankings released last year by the Airport Council International – North America. (ACI-NA). 

The shooting at the Los Angeles airport, which is the sixth largest in the world, prompted calls from the union that represents TSA agents for arming some of the agency's workers.

TSA officials have said the Los Angeles shooting marked the first time one of the agency's workers has been killed in the line of duty.