Chicago airport police told to “run and hide” in event of active shooter

posted at 11:01 am on January 3, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

CNN may give us more than a few reasons to question their coverage of national events from week to week, but they uncovered an important story over the holiday break dealing with the airport police at Chicago area airports. Years ago I used to fly through O’Hare on a fairly regular basis, but for the past couple of decades I normally go through Detroit so I haven’t had the chance to notice this myself. For those of you who do, did you ever notice something odd about the airport police there? They don’t have any guns. (CNN)

Matt Brandon, secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union Local 73, which represents the aviation police officers, said he doesn’t understand why the officers are prohibited from carrying guns.

“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,” Brandon said.

He said the union has been unable to get the aviation department to change the no gun policy, which dates to the early 1990s.

But if they don’t have guns, what are they supposed to do when some maniac or terrorist shows up and starts shooting up the tourists standing on line at the ticket counter? Never fear, citizens! There are departmental guidelines in place which instruct the airport police on the proper course of action. They should run and hide. No… that’s not a joke.

Hundreds of police officers at one of the country’s busiest airports say in the case of an active shooter, they are instructed to run and hide.

Internal aviation department documents obtained through department sources state, “If evacuation is not possible: hide.”

The documents advise locking doors, turning off lights and remaining quiet and calm.

“We must also ensure that unarmed security personnel … do not attempt to become part of the response, but could be invaluable to the evacuation efforts,” the documents said.

As CNN checked into it further, Chicago is virtually alone in this category. The cops at most all other American airports are armed and are there to be the tip of the spear when responding to a quickly developing, violent situation. But at O’Hare, the primary responders responsible for your safety are the Chicago police. The cops who were interviewed (under conditions of anonymity) for the CNN report were uniformly angry and dismayed. These are not Paul Blart, Mall Cop guys here. They’re fully trained police officers, many of whom also work second jobs with local police forces. They feel that being told to run and hide when danger arises is a complete betrayal of the oath they took and the principles of law enforcement.

Where did this policy come from originally? That’s not tough to imagine in Chi-Town. They don’t seem to want anyone to have guns aside from the gang members (who they curiously do almost nothing about for the most part) and that probably extends to any cops not under the direct control of the mayor. The city has been run by Democrats since roughly the civil war. The murder and shooting rates there make Kandahar Province look like a cozy, secure vacation destination. If a way can’t be found to talk some sense into the administration, you might want to take some advice from Daniel Greenfield and Escape from Chicago.

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JugEarsButtHurt on January 3, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Never fear, citizens! There are departmental guidelines in place which instruct the airport police on the proper course of action. They should run and hide.

Of course they should run and hide. There’s no sense in trying to be a hero. Instead, they should hold on tight and wait for the police to arri — errrr… never mind.

Stoic Patriot on January 3, 2016 at 11:04 AM

For those of you who do, did you ever notice something odd about the airport police there? They don’t have any guns.

I go through O’Hare annually and never noticed. Too busy going from one terminal to another.

This is surrender.

rbj on January 3, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Attack! Attack!

Run away! Run away!

– Month Python, search for the Holy grail

portlandon on January 3, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Reflexively, Godfather Rahm said: “Yeah, Capone will take care of ’em…”

viking01 on January 3, 2016 at 11:09 AM

All the more reason we need armed citizens disarmed targets.

MaiDee on January 3, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Don’t forget to urinate or defecate on yourselves should the attacker get too close.

trs on January 3, 2016 at 11:11 AM

All the more reason we need armed citizens not disarmed targets.

MaiDee on January 3, 2016 at 11:11 AM

On an opposite note, the mayor of Tel Aviv just suggested that every citizen that has a gun license carry a gun in public.

Walter L. Newton on January 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM

…it’s articles written like this that remind me why I missed Jazz…the short period of time…he was gone!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Maybe we should run away further?

skanter on January 3, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Good Lord. Nice work, Rahm!

bernzright777 on January 3, 2016 at 11:14 AM

There’s a comedy video, can’t find it, but it it’s about a bank robbery and a patron asking the security guard to do something. Security guards says: I’m not a security guard, I’m a security monitor! I’m calling the police, that’s what security monitors do.

Fenris on January 3, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Chicago police Brave Sir Robin ran away!

22044 on January 3, 2016 at 11:16 AM

To grope or not to grope… that is the question.

Whether tis nobler in the mind to run and hide or suffer the slings and arrows of Obama’s eff-ups.

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles whackos, And by opposing end them.

viking01 on January 3, 2016 at 11:17 AM

What biased coverage. They do not say run and hide. They clearly state to run OR hide…

JasonG on January 3, 2016 at 11:18 AM

We need these guys on the Secret Service protection

Brock Robamney on January 3, 2016 at 11:19 AM

What biased coverage. They do not say run and hide. They clearly state to run OR hide…

JasonG on January 3, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Literally true. And this is why parody is dead.

Fenris on January 3, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Good to see the Obama Foreign Policy being adopted locally …

ShainS on January 3, 2016 at 11:26 AM

What has the once most exceptional land of the free and home of the brave come to, seriously?

DarkCurrent on January 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

If you’re in a place where an actual uniformed LE officer is not armed, leave as soon as you can, unless you are carrying.

TXUS on January 3, 2016 at 11:35 AM

“It’s all part of our new GTFOH Policy,” The union thug elaborated. “Capiche?”

viking01 on January 3, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Why does everyone from chicago run and hide????

Indiana Jim on January 3, 2016 at 11:46 AM

DC. China????

Indiana Jim on January 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM

ok had to post this. not sure who pointed it out to me before.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOfEi6Qs–s

dmacleo on January 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Incremental tyranny……

We see it in regulations, restrictions, federal guidelines, Executive Orders, etc.

And they are denying our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

But we still keep electing the same old politicians that love their Lording over us.

Example #4,358
http://dishwashers.reviewed.com/features/why-doesnt-my-dishwasher-dry-dishes

In the past, dishwashers would turn on an exposed heating element at the base of the unit to dry dishes at the end of a cycle, essentially turning the dishwasher into a low-power electric oven.

As you can imagine, a heating element uses a lot of electricity. With tightening federal energy standards, most manufacturers have ditched the heating element in favor of a condensation drying system.

These systems use a heated rinse at the end of a cycle to coat dishes in hot water. The cool, stainless-steel interior walls of the dishwasher then draw the hot water off of dishes and channel it into the drain.

So rather than the MARKET and the INDIVIDUAL deciding what they want……our Federal NANNY is making the decision for us.

Now, when the dishwasher finishes you have to take paper towels (or cloths) and dry EACH INDIVIDUAL DISH instead of just putting the dried dishes in your cabinets.

It’s going to lead to deaths in Chicago, it’s impacting our day to day lives…….and there are NEW WAYS TO CONTROL us thought up every single day by the regulators and politicians and bureaucrats.

Tyranny is here America……..it’s even in your kitchen making decisions for you.

PappyD61 on January 3, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Stupid will be the death of a lot of us.

Cleombrotus on January 3, 2016 at 11:53 AM

by the way…….the drain does NOT draw the water off the dishes.

I just emptied our new Samsung Dishwasher and ran into this problem again.

PappyD61 on January 3, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Run away, and if the shooter catches up, use a traveler as a shield!

Meremortal on January 3, 2016 at 11:58 AM

EVEN NPR recognizes the impact of Federal regulations / restrictions.

In this example (#4,359):

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/15/132072122/it-s-not-your-fault-your-dishes-are-still-dirty

Is your dishwasher not working the way it used to? Earlier this year, with little fanfare, detergent makers reworked their formulas.

This was supposed to be good for waterways. But it turned a simple chore into a frustrating mystery for many people across the country.

A couple of months ago, Sandra Young from Vernon, Fla., started to notice that something was seriously amiss with her dishes.

“The pots and pans were gray, the aluminum was starting to turn black, the glasses had fingerprints and lip prints still on them, and they were starting to get this powdery look to them,” Vernon says. “I’m like, oh, my goodness, my dishwasher must be dying; I better get a new dishwasher.”

Young’s not alone. Many people across the country are tearing out their hair over stained flatware, filmy glasses and ruined dishes.

Seventeen states banned phosphates from dishwasher detergents because the chemical compounds also pollute lakes, bays and streams. They create algae blooms and starve fish of oxygen.

But dirty and damaged dishes are turning many people into skeptics, including Wright.

“I’m angry at the people who decided that phosphate was growing algae. I’m not sure that I believe that,” Wright adds.

Sandra Young was so mad that she called Procter & Gamble, which makes Cascade, to complain. But when she did, a company representative told her to be more careful about which pans she puts into her dishwasher.

“He said, ‘Well, if you’re really having that hard of a problem, maybe you should wash your dishes by hand.’ Which I thought was kind of strange for an automatic dishwashing company.”

Regulation / Restriction / Mandate / Executive Order / Directions from Local governing bodies……

Incremental Tyranny……

PappyD61 on January 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM

There’s a comedy video, can’t find it, but it it’s about a bank robbery and a patron asking the security guard to do something. Security guards says: I’m not a security guard, I’m a security monitor! I’m calling the police, that’s what security monitors do.

Fenris on January 3, 2016 at 11:16 AM

I believe it is a GEICO commercial.

I can not find it right now … but just saw it last night …

conservative tarheel on January 3, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Obviously, the good people of Illinois are perfectly fine with their major airport being a free fire zone for criminals and jihadists.

Rebar on January 3, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Example #4,360….

http://www.epa.gov/rcra

Title 40 of the CFR parts 239 through 259 contain the regulations for solid waste. The requirements for underground storage tanks, which are also regulated under RCRA, are located in title 40 CFR part 280. A list of all solid waste regulations with links to the regulatory text is provided below:
Part 239 – Requirements For State Permit Program Determination Of Adequacy
Part 240 – Guidelines For The Thermal Processing Of Solid Wastes
Part 243 – Guidelines For The Storage And Collection Of Residential, Commercial, And Institutional Solid Waste
Part 246 – Source Separation For Materials Recovery Guidelines
Part 247 – Comprehensive Procurement Guideline For Products Containing Recovered Materials
Part 254 – Prior Notice Of Citizen Suits
Part 255 – Identification Of Regions And Agencies For Solid Waste Management
Part 256 – Guidelines For Development And Implementation Of State Solid Waste Management Plans
Part 257 – Criteria For Classification Of Solid Waste Disposal Facilities And Practices
Part 258 – Criteria For Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Part 259 [Reserved]

Example: #4,361

http://cfpub.epa.gov/safewater/radionuclides/radionuclides.cfm?action=Rad_Disposal%20Options

The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires anybody discharging pollutants into U.S. waters through a point source to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the state or EPA Region (CWA, Title IV, Section 402). These permits set limits on the amount of certain pollutants that can be discharged. They also set monitoring and reporting requirements, and they may include other provisions that protect water quality and public health.

Imagine where this is leading……

Example: #4,362

http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/reduce/legislation/new-recycling-and-waste-laws-coming-into-effect-in-2015.html

n 2014 the California Legislature passed some far-reaching laws to reduce what goes into our landfills and hazardous waste dumps. We’ve described the most important here.

SB 270: Plastic bag ban
California grocery and convenience stores with more than 10,000 square feet of shop space or at least $2 million in annual gross sales can no longer offer free disposable plastic shopping bags to customers after July 1, 2015. They can still offer “reusable” bags, including study and rarely reused handled paper bags, to customers for a fee of at least ten cents.

AB 1826: Organic waste
This bill takes effect in stages over the next couple years rather than this New Year’s Day, but it’s a big one. Under this law, California businesses (including landscaping contractors) that generate eight cubic yards of organic waste per week must recycle or compost that waste as of April 2016. That amount drops to four yards in 2017, and in 2020 the state’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery can decide to drop that even further to two yards a week.

SB 1274: Used mattresses
Bet you didn’t know California has a mattress recycling plan in the works: it’s due to be put in place in 2016. SB 1274 would extend that policy to require a recycling fee be charged when mattresses are sold, and would allow specified recycling facilities to accept used mattresses from consumers.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg……Political correctness and regulations from our leaders will only be brought to a halt when WE THE PEOPLE push back and say “enough” at the city council meetings, and at the ballot boxes, etc.

PappyD61 on January 3, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Fenris on January 3, 2016 at 11:16 AM

I believe it is a GEICO commercial.

I can not find it right now … but just saw it last night …

conservative tarheel on January 3, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Thanks. I guess they failed in their goal of getting me to remember the company, LOL.

Fenris on January 3, 2016 at 12:15 PM

DC. China????

Indiana Jim on January 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Airport security over there in the Beautiful Land (美国)is certainly nothing like airport security here in the Central Flower (中华).

First of all, here we get frisked by pretty young ladies. No ugly bald dudes need apply.

DarkCurrent on January 3, 2016 at 12:29 PM

This story seems to be a bit slanted and incomplete to me.

1. Is the intent of the RUN and/or HIDE policy to save ones own back end? If so it sounds very counter productive and stupid to me.

Is the intent to be available to control the crowds and evacuate the people? If so makes a lot more sense to have the security force alive and well to preform this mission rather the be the first casualty in a frontal attach. After the Security is taken out then there will be no one to move and guide the people. They will all be unprotected targets of opportunity.

2. Not discussed here. Do they have a Rapid, Armed and Trained Deployment Force that is available 24/7 that can be deployed and on site in 10 min or less. If so then the policy makes great sense to me on all points.

IF NOT then this is a very stupid and dangerous policy.

jpcpt03 on January 3, 2016 at 1:03 PM

What has the once most exceptional land of the free and home of the brave come to, seriously?
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DarkCurrent on January 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

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In the cities and suburbs of the United States, citizens have become a bunch of hedonism practicing, fantasy indulging, responsibility dodging, candy-assed PANSIES.
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People who live like that are incapable of being “brave” or “free.”

listens2glenn on January 3, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Indiana Jim on January 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM

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Airport security over there in the Beautiful Land (美国)is certainly nothing like airport security here in the Central Flower (中华).

First of all, here we get frisked by pretty young ladies. No ugly bald dudes need apply.
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DarkCurrent on January 3, 2016 at 12:29 PM

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O T :

But what about the repression of Christians?

listens2glenn on January 3, 2016 at 1:24 PM

Attack! Attack!

Run away! Run away!

– Month Python, search for the Holy grail

portlandon on January 3, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Run away!

JetBoy on January 3, 2016 at 1:26 PM

The airport police need not worry. Aren’t the airports there “gun-free” zones?

merlich on January 3, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Do they have a Rapid, Armed and Trained Deployment Force that is available 24/7 that can be deployed and on site in 10 min or less. If so then the policy makes great sense to me on all points.

True unless you’re the one being shot at.

Deadeye on January 3, 2016 at 1:42 PM

No ugly bald dudes need apply.

DarkCurrent on January 3, 2016 at 12:29 PM

No, they use the ugly bald dudes to butcher innocent people for their organs.

A win-win for everyone!

Well, not everyone.

Rebar on January 3, 2016 at 1:54 PM

more proof the world has gone insane and America is lost.

lel2007 on January 3, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Asian girls in tights work at airport security apparently.

Indiana Jim on January 3, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Tyranny is here America……..it’s even in your kitchen making decisions for you.

PappyD61 on January 3, 2016 at 11:52 AM

And it all started with….

Paper Match Books.

Think about it.

Solaratov on January 3, 2016 at 2:15 PM

So, I just have to run faster than the Chicago PD? Got it.

Fallon on January 3, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Do they have a Rapid, Armed and Trained Deployment Force that is available 24/7 that can be deployed and on site in 10 min or less

They used to. It was called the Airport Police if I recall correctly.

Fortyback on January 3, 2016 at 3:15 PM


Do they have a Rapid, Armed and Trained Deployment Force that is available 24/7 that can be deployed and on site in 10 min or less. If so then the policy makes great sense to me on all points.

IF NOT then this is a very stupid and dangerous policy.

jpcpt03 on January 3, 2016 at 1:03 PM

It takes a trained LEO about 1 second to draw and fire. That is the absolute minimum standard. Ten minutes is enough time to kill hundreds. Puhleeze. Their policy is as stupid as it is tyrannical.

HomeoftheBrave on January 3, 2016 at 3:29 PM

What has the once most exceptional land of the free and home of the brave come to, seriously?

DarkCurrent on January 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

Dunno. Get yourself to Taipei and start interviewing folks.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 3, 2016 at 3:48 PM

PappyD61 on January 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Set yourself up as a business and buy commercial dishwasher detergent. You see, they didn’t ban phosphates for *everyone* – just for you and me, the average citizen. The restaurant lobby made sure that they could still use phosphate detergents.

GWB on January 3, 2016 at 4:27 PM

Obviously, the good people of Illinois are perfectly fine with their major airport being a free fire zone for criminals and jihadists.

Rebar on January 3, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Why not? They’re good with the largest city in their state being one.

jpcpt03 on January 3, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Neither of your points makes any sense at all.

So, I just have to run faster than the Chicago PD? Got it.

Fallon on January 3, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Carry a few spare donuts in your carry-on. Toss them out to slow those guys down on your way by.

GWB on January 3, 2016 at 4:37 PM

If any police do “run and hide” they are not worthy of being called police officers. Sheesh.

And “they” wonder why people are buying guns today. It’s every man for himself. Except, guns are not allowed in airports so… the police are our only protection there. If they abdicate their duties, the terrorists will be sure to target this airport. Talk about a SOFT TARGET.

Aslans Girl on January 3, 2016 at 7:45 PM

2. Not discussed here. Do they have a Rapid, Armed and Trained Deployment Force that is available 24/7 that can be deployed and on site in 10 min or less. If so then the policy makes great sense to me on all points.

IF NOT then this is a very stupid and dangerous policy.

jpcpt03 on January 3, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Honestly? You actually believe this?
Have you ever BEEN to Chicago?
Rapid Deployment Force from where: Downtown? (a 25 minute drive away with no traffic)?

At C deGaulle Airport in June ’15(not my favorite, but bear with me), an unattended suitcase was identified after we had picked up our luggage. Out of nowhere and EVERYWHERE, there were about 100 military personnel with automatic weapons who proceeded to herd people out of the area while the bag was evaluated and the area searched. Those maintaining the cordon were highly vigilant, and were clearly scanning both the surrounding area AND us, for any threats. HIghly professional, and appreciated rather than resented by the international crowd at the airport. 45 minute delay? Who cares? THAT is airport security.
I lived in/near Chicago for 50 years. The cops assigned there are typically those who have a hard time getting their girth into a standard cop car seatbelt/shoulder belt.
Chicago’s Finest? Chicago’s Best Doughnut Aficionados, perhaps.

‘Rapid Deployment Force’. Right. Only if it were composed of aldermen, chasing a money-filled envelope.

orangemtl on January 3, 2016 at 8:15 PM

ok had to post this. not sure who pointed it out to me before.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOfEi6Qs–s

dmacleo on January 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM

I’ve dropped that into several threads lately; never gets old.
But I wish they would do some sequels: Terrorists for gun control, Drug Lords for gun control, etc.
It’s crying out for a video franchise.

AesopFan on January 3, 2016 at 10:07 PM

If a way can’t be found to talk some sense into the administration, you might want to take some advice from Daniel Greenfield and Escape from Chicago.

I read Greenfield’s post earlier today (some of you may recognize him as Sultan Knish). It is outstanding, and horrifying.
I have an opportunity to attend a conference in Chiraq this summer: I probably won’t go.

AesopFan on January 3, 2016 at 10:29 PM

Terrorist need an audience, that’s why schools, malls and airports. That’s where the people are. To stand and fight is not a normal reaction. It must be taught, trained and reinforce to believe that the good of the many is greater than the good of the few. They are called Soldiers, Police and Fireman. Thank all that we have them. When confronted with eminent life or death situations most people will either go catatonic like sheep waiting for the butcher or they will take off like a gold medal sprinter. In a school, a few dozen kids running down the hall may not be much of a problem. In an airport terminal with a few thousand, some one is going to die getting in the stampede. You make the call. Go after the terrorist or direct the thousands to safety. Makes no difference, Security or Terrorist when the first round is fired the hordes will run. If security is being super hero then who will save the thousands?

There are only three ways to stop a terrorist. (1) Stop his breathing, a head shot dose well. Hope he is not wired with explosives and a dead-man switch. (2) Take away his tools. You will need about 6 very big men to tackle and pin all at once. hope the terrorist dose not have a sleeper. Good luck with that. (3) You remove all the targets. Then the terrorist stands alone with no one to shoot but himself.

In response to some the comments about my postings. Yes born and raised in Chicago. Grand Father was a Fire Captain. Father was a Police officer. I became a career Soldier. Do I believe that the airport has an alert trained quick reaction force available 24/7? No I do not. Is one or two general purpose security personal going against one or more armed terrorist determined to kill and die going to be successful? No I do not. Tough call but what do you do to save the many? You get them out of harms way.

Maybe the Airports security protocol is wrong. Then we do need forms like this to discuss it.

Go ahead you make the call. Our police do every day.

jpcpt03 on January 4, 2016 at 3:11 AM

If you don’t have your own pistol you may have to wait for the rest of your life for the police to bring theirs . . . ummm, wait . . .

If the police don’t have their own pistols they may have to wait for the rest of their lives for the other police to bring theirs.

There. FIFC (Fixed It For Chicago).

Lammo on January 4, 2016 at 2:22 PM

I’m getting tired of this pick on the police attitude that is predominating here here. The police are NOT coming up with these policies. They are responsible for their own actions. Some are great and some no so good and some need to be prosecuted. That is for THEIR actions NOT for the policies they try to live and work under. This is the Crime of the NUM-NUTS Democratic Office do nothing free loaders that YOU the people keep electing. Put the blame where it belongs, on the policy makers.

Yet what is almost half of this country and most of the MSM doing? Backing a Clinton back into the White House. She is an incompetent chronic lair with out remorse. Bill needs back in for a source of fresh meat to pray on. After all that child sex predator Joe Biden is on his way out.

jpcpt03 on January 4, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Now, when the dishwasher finishes you have to take paper towels (or cloths) and dry EACH INDIVIDUAL DISH instead of just putting the dried dishes in your cabinets.
PappyD61 on January 3, 2016 at 11:52 AM

You missed the best part. Proper kitchen sanitation by code forbids drying dishes “by hand” – the towels can/do spread germs. That’s why there are no kitchen employees drying those dishes.

So, you eat off wet dishes. Or they grow mould, in your cupboards.
Yum.

ReggieA on January 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM