Due to a shooting in LAX this morning, departures were stopped, LAX-bound flights that had not yet taken off were held at their originating airports and terminals 1, 2, and 3 were closed. Arriving flights were directed to a remote terminal and road closures by law enforcement have prevented people, in some cases, from leaving the airport. One TSA officer is reported to have died and several others are injured. The shooter is in police custody.
This status reflects current information, and it will continue to change quickly as with any emergency.
AFA EAP has been confirming the safety of all of our members connected with the LAX system through our MEC EAP chairs and officers, at present, we have no reason to believe any AFA member is in immediate danger.
AFA EAP is consulting with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), which represents TSA agents, to assist in developing an appropriate response to AFGE members to address the widespread anxiety among TSA agents. Rumors are circulating that the shooter intentionally targeted TSA agents and it is important to ensure they have proper support to deal with this concern in the workplace.
In addition to creating a scene of chaos at LAX and the surrounding area, the incident has caused major disruption throughout the system.
If you or your flying partners are experiencing anxiety related to this incident, do not hesitate to call your AFA EAP at 1-800-424-2406 or 202-434-0560, or contact your local EAP representative.
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