This is the first in a new series of #TSAontheJob guest blogs where you’ll hear from different members of our workforce about the work they do and why it’s important. We hope you enjoy our first installment from DCA Supervisory Transportation Security Officer, Jonathan Williams.
I’ve been working as a transportation security officer at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Va. since 2010. While screening thousands of passengers and bags daily can be challenging, I know it’s critical to our counterterrorism mission and national security.
I meet travelers from all over the world and know that screening isn’t something people look forward to during their travels. I get it. I understand it can be stressful at the security checkpoint and people don’t like the hassle of being screened. But I’m not going to allow any threat to be brought onboard an airplane and I’m going to stay vigilant. That’s the bottom-line for our frontline workforce. I am going to resolve every alarm and ensure no prohibited items are brought on planes. I won’t rush the process at the risk of the safety of passengers.
I really enjoy meeting people and their families and helping them through the screening process and more importantly, ensuring they have a safe trip. I’m proud of the work we do.
Supervisory Transportation Security Officer
Reagan National Airport