BECAUSE THE CHICAGO AIRPORT AVIATION POLICE ARE UNARMED, CHICAGO AIRPORT POLICE WILL NOT BE DISPATCHED TO BAGGAGE CLAIM DISTURBANCES
Chicago Aviation Police have reportedly been told that they will not be dispatched to the non-secure places in the Airports, at least at O’Hare and Midway. That means the Baggage Claim area. The “rule” came about shortly after the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting.
Chicago airport police are not armed. Back in January of 2016, they were told to “run and hide” in the event of an active shooter.
The last thing we need at O’Hare and Midway airports is cops who run and hide when people’s lives are in danger. But that’s the order of the day for the hundreds of unarmed cops with the Chicago Department of Aviation.
Last week, hours after a shooter killed five people in the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, officers working for the Chicago Department of Aviation, who aren’t allowed to carry guns while on duty, were told by email they would not be dispatched to disturbances in areas of the airports that are not secure…
Areas for check-in and baggage claim are considered unsecured. The officers were told they would continue to handle disturbances in secure areas beyond the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.
The city of Chicago Police Department has armed police officers at both airports. It means that about half of the police at Chicago’s busy airports are totally unarmed. Which doesn’t seem very smart in this day and age.
“This is in response to what happened in Florida. Instead of doing the right thing, they are basically telling officers don’t look for any trouble, just walk away. Officers are shocked by this.” Unidentified airport officer
One Chicago Alderman has proposed that the police be armed as he did last year. Chicago is the only major city to have unarmed aviation police.