LA transportation officials unveil new airport, train station safety campaign

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Ethel McGuire, assistant police chief for Los Angeles World Airports, and Randy Parsons, Los Angeles director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Los Angeles transportation officials announced a new nationwide safety campaign today at Union Station. Bracing for a busy holiday season, they urged travelers to report suspicious activities and behaviors they observe in airports and train stations to authorities immediately.

The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign started in New York City's transit system. Now the Department of Homeland Security is spending $13 million to expand it to Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

"Trust your gut," said Randy Parsons, the L.A. director of the TSA, explaining that numerous dangerous incidents have been averted by tips from the traveling public.

"The public awareness campaign reinforces a shared philosophy that an alert public can act as a partner with law enforcement and enhance our deterrence of terrorism," said Ethel McGuire, Los Angeles World Airport's assistant chief of homeland security and intelligence.

McGuire said Los Angeles International Airport is expecting 1.5 million passengers over the 10 days surrounding Thanksgiving.

"Flights are 80 to 100 percent full," she said, "So a lot of people will be moving through."

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