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 newly 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.