Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TSA Explosives Training Program

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.


TSA Explosives Training Video Link
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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Serious question: how does this training prevent a suicide bomber from waiting in a checkpoint line with hundreds of other passengers and blowing himself up right at the checkpoint, perhaps killing scores?

This is exactly what the Volgograd bomber did at the train station earlier this year: he blew himself up in front of the metal detectors.

RB said...

Why does TSA nonchalantly just toss items like LGA's in common trash if those items are to dangerous to pass TSA security.

Isn't that the height of irresponsibility?

Susan Richart said...

"....how does this training prevent a suicide bomber from waiting in a checkpoint line with hundreds of other passengers and blowing himself up right at the checkpoint, perhaps killing scores?"

It doesn't. This type of "training" is to designed to make impressionable screeners (as well as the traveling public) believe they are doing something to "protect" air travel.

How many screeners have you run into who could identify an explosive when even the TSA's ETD machines can't identify an explosive.

Tell us again, Bob, how many terrorists has the TSA caught? The answer is still -0-.

RB said...

What percentage of front line screeners have had this training?

We already know that turnover at TSA is high and that there are about 60,000 TSA employees, many of which are not involved in screening operations.

Saying nearly 10,000 students have taken the course is meaningless unless we know how many of that nearly 10,000 were people other than screeners and of those screeners that did take the course if they still collect a TSA paycheck.

This training started about 9 1/2 years ago and all TSA has been able to train is nearly 10,000 people?

The length of training was also not disclosed which would give the reader a sense of how in-depth the training goes.

Don't think I would be bragging about this seeing that the number of people trained is a small percentage of all TSA employees.

Anonymous said...

How many explosives have you found using the naked body scanners you call "advanced imaging technology"?

RB said...

https://radsec.org/secure1000-sec14.pdf

(Long and dry but a good read)

The report on Backscatter AIT that real researches published.

I'm wondering now if TSA pulled the Backscatter units because of the claimed inability to implement privacy improvements or if TSA already new the machines did a poor job of screening and the privacy concerns gave TSA a means to dump over $1 Billion dollars of taxpayer funded equipment?

Anonymous said...

"What percentage of front line screeners have had this training?

We already know that turnover at TSA is high and that there are about 60,000 TSA employees, many of which are not involved in screening operations.

Saying nearly 10,000 students have taken the course is meaningless unless we know how many of that nearly 10,000 were people other than screeners and of those screeners that did take the course if they still collect a TSA paycheck.

This training started about 9 1/2 years ago and all TSA has been able to train is nearly 10,000 people?

The length of training was also not disclosed which would give the reader a sense of how in-depth the training goes.

Don't think I would be bragging about this seeing that the number of people trained is a small percentage of all TSA employees."

The answers to you questions really don't matter . . .
When they think they might have a real explosive the local bomb squad or EOD gets the call. TSA doesn't take care if this.
And good lord, let's hope there is no TSA unit tasked with building explosive devices.

RB said...

Perhaps TSA should forgo the Explosives Training and focus more on the basics.

Since TSA has determined that "Identity Matters"™ perhaps some training on recognizing common ID's would be helpful. Throw in some training for "photography at checkpoints is permitted" while your at it since the professional, highly trained TSA screeners seem to have problems learning the most basic and routine aspects of a screeners job.

http://www.flyertalk.com/story/tsa-to-better-train-agents-how-to-recognize-dc-drivers-licenses.html

Following a meeting with Washington, D.C., delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to step up their methods of training transportation security officers how to recognize D.C. driver’s licenses and IDs.

RB said...

Speaking of "Identity Matters"™ it seems that identity is only important to TSA if a person is in the country legally.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/08/22/TSA-Admits-Illegal-Aliens-Boarding-Planes-Using-Notice-to-Appear-Forms

TSA ADMITS LYING ABOUT ILLEGAL ALIENS FLYING WITHOUT PROPER ID

"A new letter from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) admits that illegal aliens were being allowed to board planes using Notice to Appear forms they received after entering the U.S. illegally. The revelation directly contradicts a TSA statement last month denying such allegations to various media outlets, including Breitbart News. In July Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby broke the news that the TSA was letting illegal aliens board planes using Notice to Appear forms; subsequently, a TSA spokesperson publicly attacked Darby on Twitter, insisting that his report was "completely wrong." "

So class what have we learned today?

That TSA is dishonest.

That TSA cannot be trusted.

That TSA has no ethics.

Anonymous said...

Really seems like useless training when you let illegal aliens board planes with just a notice to appear letter and no verifiable ID.

But I have to almost undress?

I still am waiting to see the day a terrorist sees your ridiculous screening line as the perfect place to cause the most carnage.

Anonymous said...

"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."

There's a logic error in that. Enrollment number does not equate to the importance of the program.

Anonymous said...

If liquids are so dangerous, why are they simply thrown into an ordinary trashcan next to the checkpoint? It's hard for me to take the threat seriously when I see a garbage can full of harmless liquids at the checkpoint.

I ran across this article this week:
http://bgr.com/2014/08/20/tsa-scanners-security-issues/

I know the x-ray body scanners are no longer in use, but wouldn't the MMW scanners have similar vulnerabilities? It seems like it may be more susceptible because a computer is reading the image rather than a human.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...This “hands-on” training is a combination of classroom exercises and fieldwork which includes explosives identification and detonations of various types of explosives. "

How many of the test explosives used in class are in the shape of water bottles? Or jars of peanut butter?

Just curious.....

Anonymous said...

"I know the x-ray body scanners are no longer in use, but wouldn't the MMW scanners have similar vulnerabilities? It seems like it may be more susceptible because a computer is reading the image rather than a human."

Yes, the MMW has the same vulnerabilities as Jon Corbett proved.

Bobbi said...

What a waste of taxpayer dollars! Watching things go boom on our dime? Shane on you TSA? Go watch a Michael Bay movie. It's cheaper and the employees (what were the jobs of each student? ) probably learn the same thing.

What a waste and shame.

Anonymous said...

They do show an explosion from multiple water bottles, showing how clear liquids (eg. Pure ethanol) can be a massive hazard as its not hard to produce a spark to ignite it.