TSA choir has holiday spirit down pat at LAX

TSA choir has holiday spirit down pat at LAX


By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Raul Matute, on keyboards, a security manager at Los Angeles Airport and a former professional musician, leads the volunteer choir, made up of TSA workers, performing since 2003.

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By Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Travelers passing through Los Angeles International Airport are finding that security officers have more than a scan or pat-down for them this holiday season. They’re offering musical entertainment, too.
The LAX TSA Choir, a group of 17 singers and musicians, all of them officers of the Transportation Security Administration, have been surprising passengers with performances of holiday music and other tunes in the midst of one of the nation’s busiest airports.
“Wow, it’s crazy,” said Miriam Kositchek of Santa Monica, Calif., who was clutching her ticket and passport for a flight to London when the LAX TSA Choir broke into song at the Bradley International Terminal of Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday afternoon.
“In this climate, where travel is so scrutinized and security is so tight, it’s nice,” she said. “It adds some lightheartedness to travel.”

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