Impact Of LAX Shooting Felt At West Michigan Airports

Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-01 18:46:14-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On the heels of what happened in Los Angeles Friday at LAX, airport officials at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport said there wasn’t necessarily heightened security but a heightened awareness.

“We have over 1,800 people who work here, a mix of TSA, FAA and airport employees. When something like this happen it does hit close to home. Our thoughts and prayers are with the folks in L.A.,” said Marketing and Communications Manager Tara Hernandez.

The police chief in L.A. said Friday during a press conference that training for scenarios like what happened helped significantly in the way things were handled. It’s the same kind of training employees at Ford Airport go through once a year, training that can prove to be life-saving.

“What they do is they close up one of the terminals go through the scenarios.  They try to re-enact other situations that other people have had to go through,” Hernandez said.  “They go through all the protocol, do all the right things. They do that training once a year to stay on top of it so if something did happen they’re ready to go to put that training to use.”