Police work to increase visibility at Boise airport after LAX shooting

November 1, 2013 

— Travelers flying out of the Boise airport Friday might see more police officers than they are used to.

In the wake of the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that killed a Transportation Security Administration agent and wounded two others, police are making an effort to increase visibility at the Boise airport.

Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said the Boise Police Department patrols the airport regularly anyway. The number of officers and the frequency of patrols did not increase Friday, but officers are going to greater lengths to be seen.

“There’s just the regularly scheduled patrols, however, there would certainly be an effort to make those patrols much more visible today, if for nothing else than the public's peace of mind,” she said.

Hightower hopes the police presence will help calm some travelers’ rattled nerves.

“Understandably, people might be a little more thoughtful about their security in an airport today,” she said. “It’s important for people to know that airport security is an absolute priority in this city.”

There is no indication of any threat to the Boise airport, she said.

Police have identified the suspected LAX gunman as 23-year-old Peter Ciancia. He is currently in custody.

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