Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TSA on the Job: Federal Security Director

Federal security director
The federal security director is responsible for security operations at our nation’s federalized airports. It’s a big job but I have a great team of dedicated leaders and officers at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport who make it a manageable challenge and work hard to ensure the security of travelers every day.

There are days where I sometimes feel like a sheriff in a small town who walks the beat and stops at every store, and says hello to everyone he comes across.

Security screening operationsFor me, “walking the beat” means taking a look, for example, at security screening operations and making sure prohibited items such as knives, guns and explosives don’t make it past the checkpoint and onto a plane. Preventing a catastrophic event, damage and loss of life is a job I take very seriously. This is a rewarding part of being a federal security director.

Just as important is making sure our frontline officers get the support that they need so that they do their jobs well. These men and women are hard-working security professionals, tasked with a difficult and critical job.  TSA has one of the most important missions in the country – protecting the traveling public and the transportation system of the United States. I take pride in knowing that I take part in this counterterrorism mission every day.


 

Mike Scott, Guest Blogger
TSA Federal Security Director, Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

9 comments:

Fix the TSA said...

The TSA does not have an important mission. The department and most of its employees are a waste of tax dollars.

Laura Monteros said...

Nice story!

Anonymous said...

> Nice story

Yes, a story is exactly what it is.

Anonymous said...

In your capacity as FSD, have you ever seen the naked body scanners TSA uses alarm?

Have you ever seen the resolution of such an alarm involve finding a dangerous object?

If so, how many times have you seen the resolution of such an alarm involve finding a dangerous object, and how many times have you seen the naked body scanners alarm?

Susan Richart said...

"These men and women are hard-working security professionals, tasked with a difficult and critical job."

They are not "professionals" and their jobs aren't critical. However, I will grant you that for so many screeners, it does seem like it's a difficult job.

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SSSS for Some Reason said...

"... These men and women are hard-working security professionals, tasked with a difficult and critical job."

No. They aren't. They don't provide 'security' to anyone anywhere.

Your stupid liquids rule is proof of that.... That bottle of water is too dangerous to go through the security chokepoint so you better just throw it away in this rubbish bin because it's not like its dangerous or anything.

Anonymous said...

I do so love reading these inspiring articles about the fine brave men and women of all genders who are on the front lines of history protecting our beloved homeland against bad bad people of all sorts. It makes me want to bake them all a Bund cake and take it to the airport for these wonderful wonderful people. We would all be so scared without them.

RB said...

When an UNNAMED Federal Security Director at an UNNAMED airport covers up illegal acts by TSA employee then why should the public have any faith in the integrity of any other Federal Security Director?

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RB said...

What FSD stands around and does nothing while a 9 year old boy with a pacemaker is abused?

Answer: PHX FSD!