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Gun Scare Causes Passengers to Panic at Los Angeles Airport

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Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 6 saw a short panic on Sunday when the mention of a gun was made, resulting in passengers attempting to hide or flee.

One witness reports the panic started after a man inside the terminal mentioned a gun. However, other witnesses stated that the man in question was referring to another traveler carrying a gun as he ran about the terminal.

The airport (LAX) stated that the police quickly responded to the situation and placed the man in custody. A photo of the officers surrounding the suspect at the scene was sent out via Twitter by a witness.

“Apparently the dude mentioned ‘gun’ and everyone panicked and headed out the security doors causing a breech [sic],” wrote the witness. “I was about 20 feet away from the guy who immediately got taken down. All is ok. I never saw a gun.”

According to both the police and airport officials, the alleged suspect did not have a gun nor any other weapon on his person. One passenger received minor injuries in the ensuing panic.

LAX later announced that operation quickly returned to normal after the suspect was apprehended, with police adding that there was “no indication the subject posed a security threat.”

No flights were delayed as a result of the disturbance.

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TSA Bans TikTok Videos From Agency Social Media Accounts

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Sunday employees would no longer be permitted to use TikTok to post on behalf of the agency’s social media accounts.

According to the New York Post, the decision to ban the use of the Chinese owned video-sharing app comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voiced concerns about potential national security issues.

TSA officials said several employees who managed the agency’s social media accounts had used the TikTok platform to create videos that were shared with followers, but the agency has told its staff they are no longer allowed to use the video-sharing app on TSA accounts.

While the TSA never had a TikTok account or posted content directly to the platform, the federal agency’s employees posted videos on TSA social media accounts that featured the social media platform’s logo in the corner.

Senator Schumer began advocating for the agency to stop using TikTok after he called on intelligence officials to investigate the platform to protect national security. He followed up his comments with a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske on Saturday, which sparked the ban.

When asked about the decision, Schumer defended his position and cited a Department of Homeland Security rule prohibiting TikTok on agency devices. The Department of Defense and the State Department have also banned employees from posting on the social media platform.

“Given the widely reported threats, the already-in-place agency bans, and the existing concerns posed by TikTok, the feds cannot continue to allow the TSA’s use of the platform to fly,” Schumer said in a statement.

“These videos sure do make you chuckle; they’re creative,” the senator continued. “But China might be laughing at these TSA postings for very different reasons, and that should concern us and it’s why I am urging the TSA to find a different platform, and cease its use of TikTok now.”

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