LAX wins federal ruling on panhandlers

07/9/2010 | Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.)

The LAX Police Department intends to enforce "a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to solicitors asking for immediate donations at LAX" after a federal appeals court ruled in favor of a city statute that bars panhandling in and around the airport. Hare Krishnas and other groups claimed airport lobbies and sidewalks are a public gathering place where free speech should be protected. But city officials view the panhandlers as a security threat, and airport police have been told to arrest the most aggressive offenders. "This is a huge step forward in ensuring the comfort and safety of the traveling public at LAX," the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports said in reaction to Wednesday's ruling.

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Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.)

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