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Expert: LAX-style shooting could happen at Hartsfield-Jackson


You get screened when you head to your flight, and your bags get checked for weapons before they're loaded onto the plane inside the secured areas of any major U.S. airport.

But outside the security checkpoints, a gunman like the one who opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport could start shooting at Hartsfield-Jackson.

"It is scary that someone can come into the airport like that and randomly shoot people," said Greg Norred, the CEO of Norred and Associates, a corporate security company.

All major airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson, have tough security measures in place.

"They've got cameras everywhere, in the parking decks, outside and inside and they got people monitoring, looking for anything that looks suspicious," Norred said.

But Hartsfield-Jackson is one of the busiest airports in the world.

Norred said that people move fast and often wear clothes and carry bags that can make it hard to see hidden weapons.

"It's easy to conceal an assault rifle. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot that can be done about that in a transit area or a public area," Norred said.

Vilma Declet, who flew in from Las Vegas, realizes that violence could erupt anywhere.

"There's crazy people all over the place, and they can show up any place you go. It makes me nervous, but it's not going to keep me from traveling," Declet said.

Norred said airport shootings are the exception, not the norm.

"These types of incidents are relatively rare. You're more likely to be hurt by a criminal on the street or in a home invasion or a car jacking," Norred said.

The Department of Homeland Security said it has stepped up patrols and has more air undercover marshals walking around the airport.

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