Carson Daly Flies Into LAX On Day Of Airport Shooting

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Things are slowly getting back to normal at LAX just days after a gunman killed one TSA agent and injured 3 other people.

23-year-old Paul Ciancia has been charged with murder of a federal officer and remains unresponsive in a hospital after being shot by authorities.

Carson was on his way back to LA that Friday morning after spending a week at the TODAY show and was indirectly caught up in the aftermath.

“I’m on the plane and two hours into it and I’m online and I get a CNN alert: ‘Incident at LAX.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, no!'” he told Producer Angie.

His flight was redirected to Las Vegas so they could wait it out for a couple of hours on the tarmac.

Once his plane safely returned to LAX, Carson was taken aback by the scene walking out of baggage claim.

“The circle of traffic was totally closed and it was like The Walking Dead,” Carson described. “There were thousands and thousands of people from all over the world. Kids, grandparents, bags, no cars! People were just walking through the streets and didn’t know where to go.”

Police had shut down all traffic going in and out of the airport, which meant people had to travel by foot to leave the area.

“I walked out of LAX and it was probably four miles to get to the closest perimeter where I could get a ride. It was Aviation Boulevard and Century. I don’t know how far that is, but it’s pretty far.”

It was a scary situation and Carson wonders how LAX will beef up security in response to the incident.

“What are you going to do now? People just walk right in off the street. You know, right when you walk in the doors of Terminal 3, there’s an escalator to go up to security. There’s a dude right there checking your boarding pass. What are you going to do?”

  • Do you think police handled the situation properly? What should TSA do to further strengthen security at airports around the country? Sound off in the comments section below.

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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