Just like what happened two weekends ago at New York’s JFK Airport, there’s was panic at Los Angeles’s main airport over loud noises. Both happened on a Sunday night, which when people are returning from their weekend getaways and airports are especially chaotic. People ran through terminals and onto the tarmac, cops had to sweep the terminals and flights were rerouted.
“Word spread quickly through the terminals by word-of-mouth, social media, and additional calls were made to Airport Police about an active shooter in other terminals, with some reporting having heard gunshots. Many passengers and employees evacuated onto the airfield and into the Central Terminal Area roadways,” an airport statement said.
There was no active shooter. To summarize what I wrote about before, we’ve created a culture of fear with constant exposure to social media, “see something, say something” and ignoring facts that terrorism is still a rare occurrence. Never the less, welcome to our new norm.
What I like about this story is that a guy dressed as Zorro was detained and released. Two thoughts on this:
— Zorro is a lame character to cosplay.
— There’s no need for anybody to dress in costume at the airport. Hardcore cosplayers I’m sure don’t feel the need to get dressed up for their flight. Those who do probably have other issues.
Here’s what we learned:
- Don’t fly into LAX, go to Burbank or Ontario.
- Weekend jaunts are great if you’re rich, but not really cost effective. Fly home on a Tuesday.
- Nobody cares about Zorro.