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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 5:16pm
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- — Additional police officers were patrolling Los Angeles International Airport and two other airports Wednesday after a former Transportation Security Administration employee was accused of making a false threat against LAX, authorities said.
The beefed-up patrols were also a precaution on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, police said. The two other airports are LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California, and Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, police said.
"In light of recent events at Los Angeles International Airport involving a disgruntled former airport worker and the 9/11 anniversary tragedy, Los Angeles Airport police has enhanced the deployment of uniformed officers in and around LAX, Ontario and Van Nuys airports.
"Officers will be highly visible on foot, bikes, motors, in patrol vehicles and managing traffic," Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick M. Gannon said in a statement provided by his spokeswoman.
"The safety and security of the traveling public, employees and visitors is our priority and we encourage the traveling public to report all suspicious activity. If you see something say something, security is everybody's business," Gannon said.
Naa Alpha Onuoha, a former Transportation Security Administration employee, was in a federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon waiting to make his initial appearance on a count of making a false threat and a count of making threats against interstate commerce, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The two charges together carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, he said.