In a June letter, the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Assn. told Airport Police Chief George Centeno that the department's force is spread thin in the central terminal area and that random checks of vehicles going into LAX have been curtailed in recent months.

Reductions in police, security and traffic personnel "combined with severe cuts in the budgets for training and the replacement of vehicles and equipment are making LAX more vulnerable to a terrorist attack than at any time since 9/11," wrote Marshall McClain, president of the peace officers association.

The June 8 correspondence requests a meeting with Centeno to discuss LAX security. McClain said Monday that a meeting has not been scheduled.

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