LA Mayor Calls for Investigation After Thousands Stranded at LAX

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mayor of Los Angeles wants an investigation of the weekend computer crash that stranded thousands of people at Los Angeles International Airport.

Antonio Villaraigosa calls what happened "troubling and unacceptable." He says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff should seek changes "to ensure faster and more convenient processing of passengers" in the event of another system failure.

Thousands of passengers were stuck on planes or in airport terminals after customs department computers with travelers' identities and law enforcement records went down. That prevented authorities from screening people arriving in the U.S.

Some delays persisted Sunday. An Irish tourist who spent six hours on the tarmac after a 12-hour flight says it was "just disgraceful."


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