Monday, October 24, 2016

TSA on the Job: Transportation Security Specialist–Explosives


As a transportation security specialist–explosives for TSA, I provide a critical layer of security. When our officers at the checkpoint have concerns about an item or image during screening, they call on me to provide advanced alarm resolution. This means that I’m responsible for ensuring that the item isn’t a potential bomb.

All specialists, like me, are former members of a public safety or military bomb squad. I served 14 years in the United States Army and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as the platoon sergeant of an explosive ordnance disposal company. In many ways, my work with TSA is a continuation of that experience.

TSS-E Ogden providing exlosives training to officers. I provide training to TSA officers on explosives and improvised explosive device detection, as well as concealment and smuggling techniques. Working in an airport is an exciting and fast paced environment. TSA officers have to be vigilant and well-prepared as they focus on their important job of preventing dangerous items from boarding an aircraft.

My mission extends beyond the airport. I work throughout central Florida conducting training, performing vulnerability assessments, and sharing information on evolving threats with our partners in the rail, bus, pipeline and maritime services.

Explosive devices are the number one threat to aviation, and terrorists are firm in their intent to do us harm. Some days, 70,000 travelers pass through my airport’s checkpoint – almost the equivalent of the entire population of my hometown. My goal is to ensure every one of them gets to their destination safely.   



Craig Ogden
Transportation Security Specialist-Explosives
Orlando International Airport (MCO)

21 comments:

Julie Pruitt said...

It's great to know that someone with this exceptional training is watching over our airports. Thank you, sir, for your service!

Julie Pruitt said...

It's great to know that someone with such exceptional experience is watching out for our airports. Thank you, sir, for your service!

RB said...

"Explosive devices are the number one threat to aviation, and terrorists are firm in their intent to do us harm."

Evidence to support this statement? No known attacks in the U.S. against commercial aviation since 2001 would suggest that terrorists are engaged elsewhere.

Fear mongering is the only thing that keeps overpaid TSA jobs on the public dole.

At $8 Billion Tax Dollars each year maybe its time to reconsider the TSA mission.

Chip and Andy said...

"...Explosive devices are the number one threat to aviation, and terrorists are firm in their intent to do us harm."

Yes. They are.

I do have to ask, however.... how do all the other countries that have commercial airlines manage to keep terrorists from blowing up their airplanes without the regional equivalent of a TSA?

Laura Monteros said...

Sounds like a dangerous job! Thanks for doing it.

Doober said...

TSA & its fear-mongering explosives myth in full display. However,

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/24624434-post113.html

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Boldly said...

RB said...
"Explosive devices are the number one threat to aviation, and terrorists are firm in their intent to do us harm."

Evidence to support this statement? No known attacks in the U.S. against commercial aviation since 2001 would suggest that terrorists are engaged elsewhere.

many believe that is because the chances of getting caught at an American airport is much higher due to the introduction of TSA. I like to believe the efforts of TSA have proven their worth. We know without question America and Americans are a target. We know without question aviation is a target. Its unfortunate that so many have forgotten how easy a target American aviation was on 9-11. I would prefer to look on the bright side and call the efforts of the good people at TSA a 100% success. Ill focus on them, not the bad apples that every agency and every company have.

Doober said...

Boldy, West & other TSA fans:

"They just took it. They did ask who it belonged to so I could watch them throw it away."

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Wintermute said...

There's this pesky Congressional testimony by TSA stating that US commercial aviation isn't a target, which totally disputes what you, someone who claims to have nothing to do with the TSA, is claiming.

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Boldly said...
RB said...
"Explosive devices are the number one threat to aviation, and terrorists are firm in their intent to do us harm."

Evidence to support this statement? No known attacks in the U.S. against commercial aviation since 2001 would suggest that terrorists are engaged elsewhere.

many believe that is because the chances of getting caught at an American airport is much higher due to the introduction of TSA. I like to believe the efforts of TSA have proven their worth. We know without question America and Americans are a target. We know without question aviation is a target. Its unfortunate that so many have forgotten how easy a target American aviation was on 9-11. I would prefer to look on the bright side and call the efforts of the good people at TSA a 100% success. Ill focus on them, not the bad apples that every agency and every company have.


October 26, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Not one word of what you wrote enlightens the statement in question. In fact if you read the material at the link provided by Doober it's clear that TSA is well aware that there are few if any threats against U.S commercial aviation.

I submitted a comment this morning that has been illegally censored by federal government employees remarking on their inability to defend fear mongering remarks as seen in this hyped article. TSA is just trying to justify their high cost to taxpayers.

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Doober said...

Wintermute wrote: "There's this pesky Congressional testimony by TSA stating that US commercial aviation isn't a target, which totally disputes what you, someone who claims to have nothing to do with the TSA, is claiming."

Most definitely: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/24624434-post113.html

screen shot/DHS IG statement

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Wintermute said...
I guess we're supposed to believe Boldy, who claims to have nothing to do with TSA, over TSA's own upper echelon :/

November 1, 2016 at 10:56 AM

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I'm not convinced that Boldy has no affiliation with TSA. Maybe s/he doesn't but if s/he does then it explains a great deal of why TSA is so fouled up.

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Boldly said...

Not really. You believe this to be the case. But on American soil, we're more likely to be targets by our fellow citizens than by a foreign terrorist.

you assume all terrorists are foreign. One of many reasons you are not an expert.

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Boldly said...

And you, sir, know nothing of my background to state whether I am or am not an expert. My certifications state that you are wrong.

I find it funny how there can be certified experts who disagree on the same subject. Not to discount your "expertise" just pointing out that your expertise is not the know all end all as clearly other qualified experts have differing opinions. Assuming you are just as qualified as other experts, Ill go ahead and error on the side of caution and go with TSA's experts.

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