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TSA wants armed officers at checkpoints

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Armed Tampa International Airport Police officers patrol the entire airport. They are in the main terminal and at each airside.

While they are always nearby, they don't man security checkpoints at all times.

Now, the Transportation Security Administration wants to change that. It wants armed officers present in those areas and at the ticket counter, during peak hours.

Some travelers like the idea.

"I'm fine with it as long as it keeps everybody safe," said Morgan Tharpe.

"If TSA thinks it's important to to have some armed officers, I'm fine with that," said Karen Myers.

The proposal comes after last November's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. Police say a man armed with an assault rifle killed one TSA officer, wounded two others, along with a passenger.

Two armed cops were on break when the violence erupted.

Since then, the TSA has conducted more training, including "active shooter" responses. The agency is adding more "alarms" for agents to press, and it is adding so-called "Viper" teams, which are the agency's own armed response units.

It is now up to Congress to consider the 14 recommendations from the TSA

Not everyone is wild about guns at the security check point.

"Just too much security. I mean we shouldn't be as concerned with it and it's more of a scare tactic," said Katie Riemenschnieder.

Senator Bill Nelson's office emailed a statement saying he plans to take a close look at what's being proposed.

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