More info: TSA fined LAX for violating security plan

The TSA has fines Los Angeles International Airport for violating security parameters. Photo: Creative Commons, via Hawaiian Airlines.

The TSA has fined Los Angeles International Airport for violating security parameters. Photo: Creative Commons, via Hawaiian Airlines.

I have a little more information on the fines the TSA assessed Los Angeles International Airport that I wrote about on Monday. The Los Angeles Board of Airport commissioners is expected to discuss them at a closed session meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Nico Melendez, a TSA spokesman, said LAX was assessed the fines because it failed to follow the security protocols in the security plan it filed with the TSA.

“If we find issues with violations of the airport security plan we can access a civil penalty against an airport or a carrier, or even a passenger,” Melendez said. “These were violations of the airport security plan.”

Melendez couldn’t say exactly what the airport did wrong, and LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles declined to comment. But on its website, TSA has a list of 16 different reasons for violations. According to the site, the fines range from $1,000 to $11,000, a number that fluctuates depending on the severity of the infraction. Melendez said the TSA has inspectors at airports who give out citations.

Here are the 16 categories:

Violation
1. Failure to ensure that Airport Security Coordinator (ASC) fulfills required functions
2. Failure to train ASC
3. Failure to allow TSA inspection
4. Failure to provide evidence of regulatory compliance
5. Failure to provide SIDA access ID to TSA personnel
6. Failure to carry out a requirement in the security program
7. Failure to restrict the distribution, disclosure of SSI
8. Failure to notify TSA of changes to its security program
9. Access control violations – Secured area, AOA, SIDA – access control systems
10. Failure to follow escort procedures
11. Failure to train or to maintain training records
12. Criminal history records check – Failure to perform, failure to suspend, failure to investigate charges
13. Failure to maintain record of law enforcement response
14. Failure to comply with Security Directive
15. False entry in record or report Max. + Criminal Referral
16. Failure to comply with requirements related to adequate law enforcement response/support
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