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Transportation Security Administration

Transportation Security Officer

Transportation Security OfficersTransportation Security Officers conduct security screening of passengers, baggage and cargo at airports to prevent any deadly or dangerous objects from being transported onto an aircraft. 

Transportation Security Officers are responsible for:

  • independent handling of screening functions;
  • operating basic security equipment such as X-ray machines and advanced imaging technology at screening checkpoints;
  • working with persons of diverse backgrounds; and
  • communicating non-technical information effectively to others.

Learn more about the hiring process and what it’s like to be a Transportation Security Officer.