Paul Ciancia, 23, is charged with murder for killing a Transportation Security Administration agent Friday at Los Angeles International Airport. The Los Angeles Times says Ciancia carried a signed, handwritten note in his duffel bag that said he wanted to “instill fear into their traitorous minds,” said FBI agent David Bowdich.
In a 10-minute rampage, Ciancia allegedly wounded two other TSA agents. TSA chief John Pistole said his unarmed TSA agents — often derided in politics and pop culture as an airport nuisance — were “the first line of defense” against violence. He said the agency plans to reassess its policies, though he acknowledged that “we can’t guard against all threats and all risks.”