TSA tour of technology

The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, is on the front lines when it comes to passenger safety and the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport is no exception. Anyone who travels by plane has encountered TSA workers.
News 25’s Caroline Eaker takes us behind the scenes to show us how they and the technology they use help keep travelers safe.
From checking boarding passes to searching luggage for suspicious items, TSA workers are our nation’s first line of defense when it comes to domestic and international travel. Their work at the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport happens out in the forefront and behind the scenes. TSA Spokesperson Sari Koshetz said, “The multiple layers of security that TSA has in place are both seen and unseen. Some of what you don’t see are what happens behind the scenes. So what you don’t see, for instance, is the secure flight system that the TSA put into place many years ago which checks every passengers name against no fly and watch lists.”
In 2016, more than 300,000 passengers and 800,000 bags were screened at the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport by the TSA. Safety measures like the secure flight system are just one tool they use to keep passengers out of harm’s way. “The checking of both carry on and checked bags, explosive detection technology, canines, reinforced cock pit doors, federal air marshals, armed pilots, flight crews who have been trained in self-defense and of course a vigilant public.”
This is more than just a job to these workers. It’s a calling, some pursued after one of the most tragic days in U.S. history. TSA Officer Steve Verrett said, “I came here after 9/11. There was need. There was a need for airports to be served and to assist the public so I joined to assist the country, to help the country, serve the country.”

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