TSA Hiring 6,000 More Security Personnel
Air travel saw a big dip after the holiday season, hitting its lowest point on January 26, when only 468,933 people passed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints around the country. That’s less that 29% of the numbers we saw back in 2020, which was still pre-pandemic. But since January air travel has started to puck up again. Within the last two weeks there have been four days when the TSA has counted more than 1 million people at checkpoints.
In another sign that air travel could keep improving, the TSA is launching recruitment efforts nationwide to fill over 6,000 Transportation Security Officer (TSO) positions by summer 2021.
“TSOs are a critical first line defense in securing our nation’s commercial air transportation system,” said Melanie Harvey, acting Executive Assistant Administrator for TSA’s Security Operations. “Each day, our officers screen hundreds of thousands of airline travelers ensuring they arrive at their destinations safely. We expect to screen a higher number of travelers regularly by the summer months and will need additional officers to support our critical mission.”
Based on anticipated seasonal travel trends in the months ahead and the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public, TSA has launched national efforts to recruit new employees in support of screening operations at approximately 430 airports nationwide. Targeted recruitment, virtual job fairs, and opportunities in dozens of cities have already been announced for individuals seeking part-time and full-time opportunities. Benefits include access to medical coverage, vacation and sick leave, and retirement plans. TSA is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including military veterans and persons with disabilities.