BDOs and 1-week training course?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by CelticWhisper, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    As some know, I'm quite interested in the BDO program and the rights of pax regarding ignoring BDOs and refusing to talk to them. Occasionally I'll read a curious response, though - a pax will ask a BDO how long it's been a BDO, along with "How was the 1-week training course?"

    Most accounts detail BDOs really, really hating that question. Is it true that BDOs are trained in 1 week? Is this a point of embarrassment to them?

    Wondering about the story behind this.
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Yup, although it's probably 9 calendar days until you're a master of the mind-meld:

    Source: http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/boston_bdo_spot.shtm

    This quote from the same page says it all:

    Of course we're all suspicious. After all, we're the enemy.
     
  3. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    So then the objection is due to embarrassment? Or is it an alphabet-soup (USA TSA BDO TSO SOP SSI) thing where they're sulking over having their pweshus seekwits told out loud?
     
  4. The 6th Floor

    The 6th Floor Original Member

    When I was working as a supervisor for the airlines in LAX, I was required to sit through Ground Security Coordinator training. Allegedly this training provided me the knowledge to oversee a security checkpoint at LAX. The class could not have been more than 3-4 days. This was all prior to 9-11 when checkpoints were not federal and we were still using the "rent a cops" at the checkpoints. If there were questionable items or "concerns" I was required to resolve the problem. I got minimal training on reading x-rays and being able to spot "suspect" material in bags.

    The point of this being I was not trained to manage a checkpoint, yet I had to be the go to person when a question arose. At the time, all checkpoints had to be overseen by a GSC. I used this training, if we can really call it that more when I was working with flight crews, but the checkpoints were one aspect of it. Until of course the Feds took control and created the nightmare we have now.
     
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