TSA Offers Hands-On Training for New Hires

National Security
TSA Offers Hands-on Training for New Hires

​​It's no secret–the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been heavily criticized​ for long lines at passenger screening areas in airports. And with summer travel approaching, the agency is under-the-gun to address the issue. But transportation security officers have to do more than simply process passengers in a timely manner. Detecting prohibited items, including weapons and possibly explosives, is at the top of the priority list.

The TSA says that's why it started a training academy at a Federal Law Enforcement​ Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. Established in January of this year, the TSA Academy is the agency's effort to standardize training for new​​ly hired transportation security officers.

Security Management's Holly Gilbert Stowell got an inside-look at the academy and what trainees learn over the two-week period, from explosives detection to a roleplay in a mock airport screening area.​​​

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