Friday, May 25, 2018

'Mad Men' halts production at Los Angeles airport amid shooting chaos

'Mad men' halts; 'mythbusters' stars okay

The shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport halted production of AMC's popular TV show Mad Men on Friday. Crew members confirmed that authorities told the production to shut down when it was filming at the airport.

"We are filming at LAX. Gun fire. Locked down. Evacuating!" Dustin Woods, a grip on the show, wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon. The tweet was first reported by the website Franklin Avenue. In a later tweet, Woods added: "We are at Terminal 4 AA when LAPD came in with guns drawn said get back inside active shooter on site." Separately, Science Channel and Discovery Channel issued a statement saying Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci, stars of the TV show Mythbusters, were in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport at the time of the shooting.

Actor James Franco was among the travelers caught up in the chaos. The actor tweeted that "some (expletive) shot up the place." His publicist confirmed Franco was on a flight that landed shortly after the shooting occurred. Singer Nick Jonas tweeted about waiting on board a plane and said he was praying for the victims.

TSA often finds guns on travelers

Transportation Security Administration officers don't carry guns, but airline passengers do. Nearly every day, and sometimes multiple times a day, TSA officers find all manner of guns on passengers or in their carry bags, pocketbooks and briefcases as they try to pass through screening in the U.S. In the first six months of this year, Transportation Security Administration screeners found 894 guns, a 30 percent increase over the same period last year. The TSA set a record in May for the most guns seized in one week — 65 in all, 45 of them loaded and 15 with bullets in the chamber and ready to be fired. That was 30 percent more than the previous record of 50 guns, set just two weeks earlier. Passengers are prohibited from carrying any type of gun on board a plane.

Obama expresses condolences

President Barack Obama has called the head of the Transportation Security Administration to express his condolences to the families and friends of the TSA officer who was shot and killed at Los Angeles International Airport. The White House says Obama told TSA Administrator John Pistole that he is grateful for all the brave TSA personnel who protect the nation's transportation systems.

Times wires

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