WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Los Angeles airport shootings provided another shock to an already jittery flying public, but there is no government rush to overhaul security in response.
The Transportation Security Administration, which sent investigators to Los Angeles, plans to look at whether additional measures are needed but has not ordered any.
"I've heard it described as the pizza shop syndrome," Transportation Department spokesman Chet Lunner said Friday. "The fact that someone walked into a pizza shop in Jerusalem with a bomb doesn't mean you instantly close down all the pizza shops."
Airport and airline officials said Thursday's shooting appeared to be a single act of violence, the same way a gunman might shoot up a bank or a convenience store. Besides Los Angeles, the only other recent airport shooting occurred in May in New Orleans, when a man with a shotgun killed a woman and wounded another person. The man, who a psychiatrist said suffers from paranoia, told authorities he was angry that people had ridiculed the turban he was wearing. A judge declared him incompetent to stand trial.
"Are we going to erect barriers at all of our banks, our convenience stores and our post offices because of one incident?" said Michael Wascom, a spokesman for the Air Transport Association, the trade group for the major airlines. "We need to put this in its proper perspective."
For example, one solution would be to expand the restricted areas by requiring all passengers to go through security screening when they enter the airport rather than after leaving the ticket counter.
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