Very stressful environement.
Transportation Security Officer (TSO) (Former Employee) – Nashville, TN – May 11, 2017
As a TSO, you're consistently under stress. Making a mistake leads to a serious reaction by management. You also have to test yearly with the consequence of being fired if failing any part 3 times. That might seem reasonable, but considering the complexity of the tests and how easily a mistake can be make during testing, it is very stressful. I've seen people so relieved after passing a test that they would laugh and cry at the same time. I've also known supervisors and other TSO's with years of experience fired because of failing a test 3 times. One individual with several years experience had been a "trainer" of other TSOs before he was fired. Considering the cost paid to training TSO's, I would recommend dropping the test requirements and replace the tests with ongoing training.
I was retired, but desire to remain employed. I had medical concerns which resulted in my leaving the airport. I am now fully recovered, but do not intend to reapply for a TSO position because of the nature of the culture and the excessive stress involved with being a TSO.
Repetition and Stress