- Associated Press - Thursday, July 8, 2010

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Transportation security officers from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport are among the first to complete a homeland security education program.

Philip Burdette, the Transportation Security Administration’s federal security director for BWI, told the 16 officers honored at a ceremony Wednesday that their work is about more than just screening passengers.

He says officers need the critical thinking and decision-making skills that the program teaches. The program also includes an introduction to homeland security and intelligence analysis.

The program is offered at 11 airports, and will soon expand to more than 50. BWI’s program was offered through Anne Arundel Community College.


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