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TSA’s first airport checkpoint turns 20

Then: the first TSA Checkpoint turned into a BWI. Photo courtesy TSA

It feels as though the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has continually been in rate of safety at airports.

But TSA turned into created in November 2001, within the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

And, beginning on April 30, 2002, Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) became the very first airport in the state to be ‘federalized.’ It became the first airport to have security screening taken over via the newly fashioned company.

BWI and TSA officers marked that anniversary on Friday on the airport and shared history on what was occurring at the time.

“The ‘TSA Start-Up Team’ at BWI built a ‘War Room’ on the lower stage of C Concourse and commenced testing new screening strategies, checkpoint designs, wellknown working approaches, and greater,” TSA stated in a declaration. “The crew’s primary obligations were to set up the brand new agency and its protection challenge and write rules and processes that adhered to the requirements of the regulation that created TSA. They had been to build a totally federalized workforce of protection screening officials to update personal contract screeners.”

Many of the early Transportation Security Officers educated at BWI earlier than they were deployed across the united states of america.

Today there are 430 federalized airports and 64,000 TSA employees national.

TSA Checkpoint at BWI now. Photos courtesy TSA

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