Airline passengers whispered and craned their necks as they passed a group of about 70 uniformed security workers assembled in rank and file Friday at John Wayne Airport.
Flanked by men and women in suits, the workers stood at attention facing a podium where Rep. Dana Rohrabacher addressed them in honor of Public Service Recognition Week.
Airport security personnel are just as vital to our national security as soldiers fighting in Baghdad, Rohrabacher told the workers.
“We know there are people who would like to find a way to kill a large number of Americans. If [airport security] lets up, it makes us vulnerable to international forces that hate our country,” Rohrabacher said.