Aviation Security: TSA and Airport Stakeholders Have Enhanced Airport Public Area Security, but a Plan is Needed for Future Collaboration, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 4MB]
From the Document: "Threats to public areas of airports have increased in recent years. TSA is responsible for civil aviation security, which includes ensuring the security and safety of aircraft and the traveling public. In November 2013, an armed individual entered the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and killed a Transportation Security Officer. Subsequent domestic and international attacks in airport public areas further emphasized the need to better secure these areas. In response, Congress has taken action--including passage of the 2015 Gerardo Hernandez Act and the 2018 TSA Modernization Act--to address incident planning and response at airports and the security of public areas of transportation facilities, including airports. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to assess actions taken to secure the public areas of TSA- regulated airports. This report (1) describes actions TSA has taken in response to the LAX shooting and the Gerardo Hernandez Act, and (2) examines additional actions taken in response to subsequent security incidents and the TSA Modernization Act. GAO reviewed TSA reports issued after airport attacks; the Gerardo Hernandez Act and TSA Modernization Act; and other TSA documents related to securing public areas. GAO also conducted interviews with and obtained information from TSA and officials from a nongeneralizable sample of 6 TSA-regulated airports, selected based on factors such as size and location."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/