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A lot less heavy than a hand wand / Photo: zoyachubby, flickr

A lot less heavy than a hand wand / Photo: zoyachubby, flickr

On the heels of what could have been a disaster, the job of a US Transportation Security Administration transportation security officer (TSO) has become just a tad bit more stressful than it already is.

A TSO is the person scanning passengers at US airports with hand wands, doing pat downs and searches for potentially dangerous devices all while dealing with irate travellers.

It’s the person you probably roll your eyes at when you’re asked to remove your shoes before walking through the security checkpoint.

And, at least according to a job ad I found on the USAjobs.gov site (PDF), a TSO does this for between US$28,626 and US$42,938 a year.
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