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  • sandwichman
    started a topic Transportation Security Officer (TSA Screener)

    Transportation Security Officer (TSA Screener)

    doesn't look like there's a thread dedicated to this job on this site, so here it goes..

    Anyone work in TSA as a TSO?

  • Nick331
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    Listen, I know many of them. I am not knocking the job. I have NEVER seen a passenger do one of those things you mentioned. And if they did, it wouldn't be TSA taking care of it. It would be the sheriff's arresting them. I have never heard nor seen someone do that where I work. I do not have a one sided attitude, I am NOT knocking the job, I am knocking the people I have come into contact with by working alongside of them.

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  • Don951
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    Originally posted by JeffMerr View Post
    I completed my assessment/oral in December of 2009, I've been in backgrounds ever since. For all of you in the testing and credit check phase, don't expect to get the job anytime soon, their background time is ridiculous. I'm guessing it has a lot to due with budget cuts.
    Keep in mind, you're applying for a government job. The process from start to finish is going to be 7-12 months. It took me 9 months to be hired back in 07.

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  • JeffMerr
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    I completed my assessment/oral in December of 2009, I've been in backgrounds ever since. For all of you in the testing and credit check phase, don't expect to get the job anytime soon, their background time is ridiculous. I'm guessing it has a lot to due with budget cuts.

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  • sandwichman
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    I've been flying for years and am lucky to say I haven't really had any incidents with any TSA personnel coming or going. If you want talk about people that give you a hard time, try the English Customs agents at London Heathrow Airport in England. I went through there a few times in the mid to late '80s and once in the early '90s and will NEVER fly through there again.

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  • sandwichman
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    So I took the TSA test today and got my results, I passed. After I called the 800 number in their email I was dismayed to find out I would have to go through the ENTIRE process that I already cleared with CBP for a customs job, in order to be in the pool for the TSO job. So now I have to bug my friends and neighbors to let me get use them as references AGAIN, have an investigator interview me AGAIN, do the drug test AGAIN, medical (AGAIN), etc, etc.

    Have any of you waiting around for TSO applied within other agencies under Homeland Security and did you have to go through all the pre-employment stuff more than once?
    Last edited by sandwichman; 07-26-2010, 04:53 PM.

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  • ht2121
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    I'm sure there are jerks that work as TSO's. That can be said for any agency though. You can't knock someone for working a job. Law enforcement jobs at this point in time can be a very very lengthy process. If I was offered a job with TSA today, I would take it and do the best job I can. I know I'm not law enforcement. It sure beats working temp jobs in a city that has no jobs.

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  • Don951
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    Originally posted by Nick331 View Post
    Listen, I work at an airport and while a select few of them and a very select few of them are great, most are complete jerks. I watch the way these people handle other passengers and they treat them awful. Classic example of someone given a badge and thinking they are above the law. Officers treat civilians better than the way these people with a uniform and badge do. I've lost respect for almost all of them that I work with and alongside.
    Most are complete jerks? I guess you never been spit at, threatened, cursed at, or pushed by an unruley passenger. Be a TSO for a day, and I'll bet you'll change your one sided attitiude.

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  • Nick331
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    Listen, I work at an airport and while a select few of them and a very select few of them are great, most are complete jerks. I watch the way these people handle other passengers and they treat them awful. Classic example of someone given a badge and thinking they are above the law. Officers treat civilians better than the way these people with a uniform and badge do. I've lost respect for almost all of them that I work with and alongside.

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  • X1X1X1
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    I'm near the end also - Just finalized the background paperwork. It took exactly 1 month for me to get the green check mark in the credit check area and from beginning to hiring pool probably about 6 months, in total. I view this as a stepping stone job, and I'm confident I won't be acting like or mistaken for a cop, especially in my royal blue shirt and sweater vest.

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  • ht2121
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    I am finally towards the end of the process for TSO. I'm under no delusions that this is in any way a LEO job. But I will work hard at it until I get the call for a LEO job.

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  • io330
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    I think the problem is with any profession. Most people remember the bad experiences vs the good ones (or par ones).

    Everyone remembers their horrible call to a customer service center (usually computer related). But the good experience usually just ends with a "thank you".

    Everyone is willing to write a letter to a manager/superior when someone gives you the worst service.. but when was the last time someone wrote a thank you letter.

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  • UD4LIFE
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    +1.

    There needs to be an ego check among some LEOs. We all started somewhere performing a job/task that wasn't great but that motivates a person to strive for a better life. I had a TSA screener in my UD class, he was very squared away and now a good Officer. There are idiots in every agency/department but you can't judge them all based on the actions of a few.

    Originally posted by GoldBadge View Post
    You're right, it's not. Some posters here need to think back of where they were before they got the badge and gun.

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  • davidB.
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    I've been stuck on Credit Check for months now. No explanation why. The credit check is the one thing I should breeze through, as apparent by other job applications. Its just the one thing there's nothing to cause any problems.

    Coincidentally my girlfriend applied for a TSO position a couple months after I did, and got her call today for employment. We applied to two different airports though. Ugh.

    Any answers or links to other threads on here would be great. I actually applied to TSA while in the ready pool for another Federal law enforcement job on here.

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  • GoldBadge
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    Originally posted by Fed0080 View Post
    Hey I'm with 'ya. IMO, same goes for security guards. All I'm saying is that, that is not the prevailing thought around here!
    You're right, it's not. Some posters here need to think back of where they were before they got the badge and gun.

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