With the ever present danger of terrorism at out nation’s airports, security must be our top concern. Especially when we are talking about O’Hare Airport, the second busiest airport in the country. That’s why it is so important that the security personnel have clear and concise instructions on what to do about an active shooter. Oops. That should be clear, concise and sane. Unfortunately, the 300 members of security for Chicago’s airports only covers two out of the three necessities. The orders they receive after completing police training is to run and hide.
Yes, you read that correctly. They were instructed to run and hide if an active shooter comes on the scene. That may good for security, but what about the passengers? They didn’t take the police training course and won’t know to run and hide. That’s why I propose the city take swift action and post signs in every part of the terminal that says, “In Case of an Active Shooter, Run and Hide.”
Now, I know you are laughing but this is as serious as a heart attack. In order to make the airports as safe as possible, the city officials have decided that all security personnel be banned from carrying guns. Therefore, when a crazed liberal or even possibly a terrorist or a group of terrorists start shooting at people the only way security guards have of remaining safe is to run and hide. (Am I the only one who thinks this nutso?)
Matt Brandon, secretary-treasurer of the airport officers union told CNN, the precise wording of their orders are:
“If evacuation is not possible, you should find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the door.”
Brandon explained that neither he nor his members find this order appropriate:
“These men and women are sent to the Chicago police academy, and trained as police officers, and being a former police officer, I know your first instinct is to go to the problem — not run away from the problem.”
Maybe the real question should be, “Why have security at all?”