Mexico airport shooting points to running problems

June 27, 2012 • Business

An airport police officer cordons off the scene where a shooting took place in Mexico City’s international airport on Monday, June 25, 2012. Two people were shot to death and one was wounded at one of the airport’s terminal and according to the federal Public Safety Department, at least one was a Federal Police officer. Details of the shooting are still unclear. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — From cash in chili pepper cans to cocaine in cardboard boxes, Mexico City’s international airport has long been considered the capital’s main transport hub for drugs and other contraband that seem to move as smoothly as any cargo and usually with no fuss for passengers.

A deadly shootout among federal police on Monday changed that, drawing attention to a darker side of the country’s premier airport generally considered safe and efficient in its handling of more than 27 million passengers and 400,000 tons of cargo a year.

Tourists passing Tuesday through the modern Terminal 2, where the shooting occurred, seemed unfazed. But airport workers in the building, with giant walls of white concrete perforated with thousands of decorative holes, said the fatal shooting had shattered their sense of safety.

“I couldn’t believe it because there was so much security,” said Maria Eugenia Cruz, 52, who has worked as a custodian for five Login to read more

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