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TSA at Reagan, Dulles airports hiring 100 new officers as agency expects travel surge

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So do you have the right stuff to be on the critical first line of defense?

As the U.S. airline industry recovers from its worst year ever, the Transportation Security Administration is looking to hire more than 6,000 TSA officers nationwide.

The agency expects a massive wave of summer travel now that vaccines are flying off the shelves and optimism is growing that this pandemic will be under control or eradicated.

More than 41 million people have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine so far.

Part-time and full-time openings at 430 U.S. airports.

Lisa Farbstein, a spokesperson with the Transportation Security Administration says, “We really didn’t have a need to hire earlier in the year because of the pandemic so now we are expecting some increases and we want to be ready. It takes a while to get people on board, get people trained and get them some experience in the airport so we wanna make sure that’s the case.”

Farbstein adds some of the benefits of working at TSA include paid training, annual and sick leave, health care plans for full- and part-time employees, and a generous retirement plan.

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The Transportation Security Administration teams at both Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports are hiring and looking to fill 100 positions by summer as part of the agency’s push to fill the positions.

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 many of the agency’s airports nationwide including Reagan National and Dulles airports.

“We’re looking to fill vacant positions because we anticipate an increase in travel volume this summer. We would like those new officers to be hired, trained, and become an integral member of the TSA team by that time,” said Scott T. Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for both airports.

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. Starting pay for TSA officers in the Washington region is $18.57 per hour for part-time employees and $38,763 annually for full-time officers with opportunities for pay increases after six months.

TSA seeks those who want to take the initial step into a rewarding federal career and support TSA’s critical mission of protecting our nation’s transportation systems. For more information on the duties of a TSO and to learn more about TSA’s mission, a video titled “Day in the Life of a TSO” is available. To view open positions for TSOs around the country, visit TSA.gov/TSO.

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