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Dear Readers, You have no idea how lucky you are to be reading this interview. At first, Lisa Farbstein, head of TSA (Transportation Security Administration), told us that it’s impossible to speak to a security officer. Security is top-secret stuff! One little leak — and everyone’s in big trouble … But somehow, someway, we got permission! So, sit back and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

1.      Can you introduce yourself to our readers? 

Hi! I’m Ely Roth ofLong Island,New York. For the past 11 years, I’ve worked for TSA as a security supervisor atLaGuardiaAirport.

Why did you decide to work for TSA?

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was calmly following the news when special broadcasts came on. At first, I thought it was a construction site collapsing. After a few minutes, reality started to sink in. The World Trade Centers were coming down! At that point, my morning stopped; I was glued to the news. Like most Americans, I was in shock. In the weeks following 9/11, I kept thinking, “How can I do something meaningful in response to this catastrophe? How can I get involved?” At the same time, I realized that I wanted to change careers and work within the government. So, I decided to do two things at once — get involved and get a job. I joined the security team and I’ve been here ever since. 

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