My Training Week

Wow! What a week! I just finished my Foundation 2 training course [October 15-19]. This course covers the x-ray machines, how to conduct the re-checking of bags and how to use the EDT [Explosive Detection Trace] machine and let me tell you that it is not an easy course. Pressure were everywhere... from our trainors to angry passengers [during our "live" training because it is taking us longer than normal to go through their bags] and to possibly being jobless [if we fail the course].

There were 9 of us in the class. Friday was the one-on-one exam day. And let me tell you that that day was the longest day of the week. The agony of waiting for your turn! Arrrgh. The first lady who took the exam is a bit slow in picking things up and she was really nervous about that day and was making some mistakes during our practice time. Later we heard that she was crying and we all thought she failed the course. But it is really tears of joy for passing the course. I am happy to say that we all made it!

Take this quiz [click on x-ray screener test]. You have 2 minutes to complete this exercise, and try to record/share your score on your first try. Turn up the volume of your computer so you can hear the instruction. Goodluck!

My score is --
Bag screeneed = 23
Bags with threat = 5
Threats correctly identified = 100%
False alarm = 0
Grade = A

So next time you go through airport security, do appreciate the importance of our job. I myself had the wrong impression about this job. That is, until I have to go through extensive training to move from one level to the next. We are also risking our lives on duty for possible bomb threat. If we do see one, we cannot leave our post until the police or bomb squad arrives.

Or the next time you were picked for random checkings or we need to search your bags and do test on your electronics, don't be mad, instead you should be glad that we are checking everything carefully. Remember, you are the one taking the flight and not us. Just remember what happened during the 9/11.

I just thought I'd share this since during our "live" training we did get a lot of angry and rude passengers.


Tani said...

Hi Jo. You're good! My score:
Bags Screened - 23
Bags with threats - 6
Threats correctly identified - 66%
False Alarms - 6
I guess it's all in a days work for you now, huh? That was exciting! I'm gonna share the site to my friends.

Vanessa said...

This is so true, Jo! Not a lot of people appreciates what the security checks are for and what it is doing for us passengers. For them it's only time-consuming. But for me, I'd rather go through a hundred of security checks and see tomorrow than to risk of not seeing it at all. Thanks for sharing this. I think you have a cool job! :-)

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Jo. You're really good with your job.

I got:

Bags Screened 13
Bags with Threats 1
Threats Correctly Identified 0%
False Alarms 4

Oh my, I failed miserably.

Heart of Rachel said...

Nakaka pressure yung mga nagsasalita na passengers sa background. I could imagine how it is in real life.

JO said...

Hi Tani,
Hehehe... thanks for playing...

Hi Vanessa,
True! Same here.

Hi Rach,
It takes time... I had weeks of practice at the airport already. So this quiz is really an easy one for me. RE: passengers in the background, we encounter those types of passengers everyday!

evi said...

i always cooperate because it's for my safety not theirs. that's why i don't bring anything that i think will cause me trouble. i noticed that the reason why passengers get mad is when they're not allowed to take some of their items that are deemed to be dangerous. kahit ako maiinis if my things will be confiscated. actually nangyari na yan sa akin. kaya i think twice before i bring anything with me esp. if i'm flying.

evi said...

btw, this is my result:

bags screened = 20
bags with threat = 5
threats correctly identified = 100%
false alarms = 3
grade = A

ghee said...

Hello Jo!
sa airport na ba ang work mo?
wow!tough!hindi ba nakaka pressure?

goodluck ha?

Raquel said...

Oh wow, good job! Mahirap ang trabaho mo Jo, maraming sopladang pasahero. In addition with Evi, kadalasan parating nagmamadali ang mga pasahero at ayaw nilang maabala pa.

JO said...

Hi Evi,
I wish all passengers are like you. That would make our job easier.

Hi Ghee,
Yes. Am working at airport since May pa. The job itself is not bad. The problem are the passengers and lazy co-workers.

Hi Raquel,
Mabuti na ang maabala kaysa magkaroon ng accidente na pagsisisihan sa huli, di ba?

Junnie said...

the only metal thing in my luggage is the zipper of my pants

whenever i fly, i dont bring any toiletries...easy for me, kasi lalaki, and i buy those travel kits sa convenience stores or minsan free sa hotel

i have the laptop out of the bag kaagad and my belt and shoes removed.

maiinis ako if i stay longer than a minute sa always in and out and go...

ang galing mo na ha...good luck to the rest of your exams...kung meron pa

ghee said...

oh really?thats interesting Jo :)

there are lazy workers everywhere talaga ano?

good luck!

JO said...

Hi Junnie,
I wish all passengers are like you.... it makes it easier for us to do our job properly. No more exams for the next 2 years.

Hi Ghee,
Yes, they are everywhere! Thanks!

MrsPartyGirl said...

i got a D :( masyado yata akong cerebral, i just labeled everything possibly dangerous tapos i aggravated the passengers hehe.

congrats on the training jo! :)

JO said...

Hi Meeya,
Hehehehe... I get that [noisy passengers] everyday!!!