Random Employee Screening
Adds Layer of Airport Security
By Triphenya Bailey
Since April, employees working at the nation’s
airports have faced random screenings from Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) personnel. “The measure
adds an increased layer of security to our processes,”
explained Christopher White, a spokesman for TSA. “It
has been very successful since its inception,” he added.
White said that TSA has begun randomly screening
employees working in secure areas of airports. “These
screenings are random and unpredictable. No longer can an
employee say with 100 percent certainty that they will not
be screened in secure areas,” he said.
The measure is aimed at increasing overall
employee security. Airport employees must undergo and pass
extensive background checks in order to obtain badges, and
each airport must submit detailed security plans for approval
The new employee screening procedure involves
roving teams of TSA officers who screen employees on a random
and unpredictable basis, said White. “For instance,
one day we may be at an access door near the terminal; the
next day, we may be at a vehicle gate,” he said.