Behind the scenes of airport security

By Kelly McCarthy

December 10, 2013 Updated Dec 10, 2013 at 6:21 PM EST

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students studying Homeland Security at SUNY Broome got a first hand look at what it takes to keep people safe in the air. They toured the Greater Binghamton Airport's security departments and procedures.

Students that could be next in line for the job got to see the real pressures facing Transportation Security Agents at the Greater Binghamton Airport. The class is for second-year students who major in Homeland Security and it's called Special Security Issues in Terrorism.

SUNY Broome's Homeland Security Professor, Wes Warren said he's grateful for the opportunity to go behind the scenes in a department that is known for its confidentiality.

"We went in the back, we learned how they check baggage," Warren said. "What they look for, what behaviors the agents are trained to watch out for airline passengers to keep everybody safe."

The group started by touring security check points inside the airport, and then toured surveillance and communications offices. TSA Agents told students they focus mainly on searching for explosive devices hidden in luggage.

"As far as their procedures it seems pretty straight forward," said SUNY Broome student Kyle Cunningham. "But the different things they have to go through, the machinery they have to operate, and then just the basic constant attention they have to pay to everything is really amazing."

Many of the students said this line of work is something they would like look into after graduation.

"It's really helped to see what they do," said SUNY Broome student Micheal Muzzey, "What they require for their job, and they told us how to apply so that really helped."