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TSA on the Job: Cargo Transportation Security Inspector

Monday, September 19, 2016
TSA Inspector approaching cargo plane.

As a Cargo Transportation Security Inspector for TSA, I’m often the face of the agency for our airline partners. At JFK, we have more than 1,000 take offs and landings each day and many of those aircraft are cargo planes. Cargo is where I do the bulk of my work.

I routinely conduct comprehensive inspections, assessments and investigations of airlines to determine how well they comply with the many regulations in place that ensure cargo is stored and transported in the most secure manner possible.

TSA Inspector on the job observing.

Prior to becoming an inspector, I was a transportation security officer in the airport as well as a behavior detection officer, so I have a unique perspective of the total effort to keep the traveling public safe. Having that additional insight actually makes me more efficient in my inspection duties.

I can't stress how important this job is to me. My father died in the World Trade Center bombings in 1993. I take those memories with me to work every day. I work daily along with my fellow TSA inspectors and officers to make sure attacks like that never happen again.

Yvette Mercado-Rehm
Transportation Security Inspector - JFK

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