LAX shooting raises security concerns at Colo. airports and elsewhere

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DENVER -- After the shooting and killing of a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport, there were concerns about security at airports in Colorado and throughout the nation.

The TSA says in the last six months, roughly 420 guns have been confiscated at airports across the country. 363 were loaded. At Denver International Airport 10 guns were confiscated and nine were loaded.

Federal investigators are beginning an intensive look at what happened at terminal three at LAX. But it`s not just the crime scene they’re interested in.

“You want to keep in mind, there is always going to be holes in the Swiss cheese, the job of those people managing the security is to try and plug those holes, to develop those mitigation, to make sure incidents like this don`t happen in the future,” says aviation expert Steve Cowell. He helps airports prevent security breaches.

According to a congressional report there have been 25,000 security breaches at airports across the U.S. since 9/11. 14,000 people were able to access sensitive areas of airports and about 6,000 passengers with carry-on luggage were able to make it past checkpoints without proper scrutiny.

“I think everyone needs to have a certain amount of concern about it, watching what’s going on if they’re in line and they see something around the airport, around the train station, around the bus station,” says former FBI agent Bob Pence.

He says it’s going to be difficult to stop a terrorist-type incident without security posted everywhere, which he says is unrealistic.

“You have to do the best you can to impede it, to try and get it under control and the real answer, a lot of people aren’t going to like to hear this, but the real answer is the intelligence up front.”

One example of that: Monitoring those buying airline tickets even before they get to the security checkpoint.