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Smoke in the air at LAX

Posted: November 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.

I would like to start by offering my sincerest condolences to the family of TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez, and in no way do I want my words to diminish their loss.

On Nov. 1 at about 4 p.m. I was on the 405 Freeway approaching LAX when I detected the smell of smoke, a particular kind of smoke — the unmistakable smell of burning hair.

I had been listening to the radio all day monitoring the shooting in Terminal 3. It was reported that shortly after the incident, herds of politicians and law enforcement headed to the airport.

There were at least four law enforcement agencies there with more to come, as well as local politicians.

The incident was clearly determined to be confined to Terminal 3, yet the entire airport was closed well into the p.m.

The scene of the homicide was under the jurisdiction of the LAPD, yet the FBI was flying crime scene technicians from out of state to gather evidence. What is the LAPD, chopped liver?

I could go on forever on the cost of this incident to the public, vendors and all of the law enforcement agencies as well as the cost to the airlines for the gazillions of gallons of fuel that was burned with planes circling the airport and diverting to other facilities.

The smoke, you ask, it was from all the politicians and law enforcement people who rushed to the airport and then set their hair on fire.



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