LAX service workers to get emergency response training after series of scares

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The Los Angeles International Airport and its service employees union announced hundreds of service workers will be given emergency response training Tuesday after a series of scares at the airport. (KABC)

The Los Angeles International Airport and its service employees union announced hundreds of service workers will be given emergency response training Tuesday after a series of scares at the airport.

On Sunday, people panicked after authorities drew weapons during a traffic stop. Then crowds charged through terminals and onto the tarmac during another scare the previous week.

That scare was triggered by false reports of gunfire, which resulted in police detaining a man in a Zorro costume.

These scares have caused airport personnel to re-examine how they handle emergency situations.

During the 2013 shooting at LAX, which left a TSA officer dead and three others wounded, officials said the airport works provided vital assistance.

Many guided passengers to safety, helped evacuate the disabled and provided comfort.

The chief executive of Los Angeles World Airports issued the following statement:

"Training these workers provides them with skills to keep themselves safe during an airport emergency to directly assist passengers and to contribute to the overall emergency response and recovery."

A pilot program is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks with workers who provide services in Terminal 4.
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