TSA screeners aren't law enforcement officers, but if you work with the TSA for several years, you do qualify for their "interchange agreement" with the Department Of Homeland Security, which means the guy growling at you to take your flip-flops off before stepping through the body scanner might be just a couple of years away from running the X-Files.
Our source originally applied to join the TSA because he saw it as the shortest possible path to a career as a federal officer.
"I applied because ... well, for people without any sort of real job experience they're the only federal agency that'll pick you up. ... There are no [real] requirements to get in. You need a year of security experience or a high school diploma. In other words, high school dropouts could be protecting us from terrorists right now."
"I say 'could be,' but I really mean 'are' -- one of my earliest supervisors had no diploma or frickin' GED. Yep, he's still there, and no, still no GED."
"You don't learn FREEDOM. You feel FREEDOM. Don't need no fancy book-reading for that."
So drop out of high school and spend a year guarding the Cinnabon at your local mall and you too can join the probably-thicker-than-we-need blue line. Our source wound up working with the TSA for a startlingly long time, considering the agency's sky-high turnover rate.