The warnings to run and hide are in place at two Chicago airports, the Chicago O’Hare International Airport and the Chicago Midway International Airport. The warnings specifically say to evacuate or conceal themselves when faced with the threat of a shooter.
Chicago Aviation Department spokesman Owen Kilmer told the news outlet: ‘We think the strategy in place is working.’
Regarding ‘the current security structure in place, violent crime incidents at O’Hare and Midway airports are extremely low — ensuring that the millions of passengers who fly through Chicago each year feel secure at the airports,’ Kilmer told the television station.
Services Employees International Union Local 73 secretary-treasurer Matt Brandon told CNN: ‘And that’s amazing 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.’
Normal police officers who are stationed at these two Chicago airports are armed. Knowing that, why do these airports employ approximately 279 aviation police officers? Owen Kilmer’s belief that this strategy is “working” is a naive thought that will be proven wrong should either of these airports ever truly come under attack. But why would the people who put these regulations in place care? After all, it’s not their lives that are on the line.