A woman at Los International Airport claimed to have a improvised explosive device in the parking garage adjacent to American Airlines’ Terminal 4 at about 1 a.m. this morning, a police source told me.
Police established a perimeter and the LAPD bomb squad was called in, Sgt. Belinda Nettles of Los Angeles World Airports police said. The bomb squad cleared the garage at about 1:45 a.m. Friday, Nettles said.
After the incident, the woman was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold, Nettles said.
This was the second bomb scare within six hours at LAX. At around 6 p.m., the bomb squad was called out to investigate an unattended bag at Terminal 3. That item was also cleared. The L.A. Times has a short article about that scare.
A white tarp covers the body of a man who died Friday at LAX. Photo: Police source.
UPDATE: 11 a.m. The coroner has identified the man as Cesar Valenzuela, 51, of Los Angeles.
A Los Angeles International Airport worker driving a luggage cart died early Friday when he lost control of the vehicle on a service road, authorities said.
“The incident appears to be a single operator accident, meaning no other vehicles were involved, where the driver of a ground service equipment vehicle either had a medical issue or lost control of the vehicle,” airport officials said in a statement .
The incident happened close to an airport fire station, but emergency responders were not able to revive the man, officials said. It happened at about 5 a.m.
“The vehicle came to a stop near the LAFD Station 80 where fire personnel viewed the vehicle and responded immediately. They found the party unconscious. Paramedics then responded and were not able to revive the party.”
Flights were not impacted by the incident, officials said. The coroner is investigating, LAX officials said.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson visited Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday and briefly commented on reports that security officials told airlines to be extra vigilant against would-be shoe bombers.
Here’s what he said.
“The advisory we issued is the type that we routinely issue in response to the latest intelligence,” Johnson said. “As you know, concerns about shoe bombs have been out there for years. Every once in awhile we update our advisories. We monitor our procedures so that we remain vigilant and in dealing with the various different threats that exist.”
United will fly between Los Angeles and Melbourne. Photo: United.
United Airlines on Thursday confirmed it will begin flying from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia on Oct 26, six times per week using Boeing 787-9s. Some highlights from the press release.
- This will be the first regular scheduled flight for United’s 787-9s. The Boeing 787s the airline is now using on L.A.-Shanghai and L.A-Tokyo are 787-8s. What’s the difference? Well, according to Boeing, the 787-9 is bigger. The newer version also has slightly longer range – 8,185 nautical miles, according to Boeing.
- The flight to Melbourne will not operate on Tuesday, traditionally a slow day for some business travel. The return flight does not operate on Thursdays.
- United says flights will take about 15 hours, 45 minutes westbound, and 14 hours, 35 minutes eastbound.
- United now flies a short flight between Melbourne and Sydney — what’s known in industry terms as a tag. United will no longer fly that route.
- The 787-9 will have 252 seats – 48 in business class and 204 in Economy. Included in that economy total is 63 premium economy seats. (The 787-8 has 219 seats.)
Consultants hired by Los Angeles International Airport showed off their new slogan at Wednesday’s Board of Airport Commissioners. You’ll start seeing it– “LAX is happening” — in April.
Santa Monica-based Phelps was the lead firm in coming up with the new slogan. Company officials shared some of their ideas Wednesday.
What do you think? Fun and irreverent? Or missing the mark?