A Transportation Security Officer’s most important goal is to keep items off of planes that could cause catastrophic damage to an aircraft. In order to do this, they continuously train to identify explosive components and keep them from ever making it onto an aircraft. Training is perpetual at the airports, but there are also training exercises held three times a year, at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
This “hands-on” training is a combination of classroom exercises and fieldwork which includes explosives identification and detonations of various types of explosives.
Since 2005, nearly 10,000 students have taken the course showing the importance of this program and how it enhances the capabilities of our security officers on duty.
Administrator Pistole understands the threats that explosives and other explosive devices can cause.
“We’re dealing with a determined enemy who has innovated, in his design, construction, concealment, and deployment of improvised explosive devices…bombs,” says Pistole.
This training along with the agency’s various security measures ensures travel remains safe and secure by staying ahead of today’s evolving threats. Watch and learn more about TSA’s explosives training program.
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