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Thursday 18 September 2014

Airport phones fixed after shooting

Published 01/03/2014 | 02:22

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Phones at Los Angeles International Airport have been fixed following the fatal shooting incident in November

Los Angeles International Airport's communications system has been fixed after a glitch prevented a faster response during a fatal shooting.

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Airport police chief Patrick Gannon, speaking after a Caalifornia assembly committee hearing to review the emergency response, said the system had been tested repeatedly since the shooting on November 1 and was working properly.

It emerged that when the shooting started, a screening supervisor picked up an emergency phone, but no location was automatically transmitted to a dispatcher. The supervisor fled without providing any information because the gunman was near.

It took 90 seconds before dispatchers knew where to send police.

Authorities say the gunman targeted Transportation Security Administration officers. One was killed and two others and a passenger injured.

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