Want to Share Our Stories? Here’s How!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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TSA has a lot of great stories to tell, and you can play a key role in sharing these stories, many of which spotlight our employees across the agency.

TSA’s Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (SCPA) regularly highlights the great work of our agency’s employees and programs by publishing feature stories on TSA.gov for the traveling public to see.

TSA.gov’s Employee Stories page is the place we store these feature articles, making them available for you to read and share through your personal social media accounts.

“The opportunity to highlight a great agency story or a [TSA employee’s] good deed is always a plus,” said TSA Social Media Strategist Emily Bonilla.

As you’ll notice in this story, in the upper right-hand corner, we have four gray widgets, allowing you to share the story through email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“Our workforce is on the front lines each day, interacting with the traveling public and protecting the nation’s transportation systems,” SCPA Assistant Administrator Alexa Lopez said. “We all go through security checkpoints when we travel, but what we don’t know is that the person behind the uniform checking our IDs and boarding passes and screening our luggage may have done something heroic that day.

“Maybe that officer supported FEMA in the agency’s vaccination efforts. Maybe an officer caught a loaded gun (or 10) at the checkpoint that day. Or maybe an officer helped a neighbor whose house caught on fire and opened his house to them while off duty. These are stories you might not know behind the blue uniform, many of which are up on TSA.gov for the world to see, and it’s important they see the random acts of kindness they do in their everyday lives.”

Lopez believes social media is an extremely effective way to share great stories spotlighting our workforce.

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Social media widgets on TSA.gov, allowing readers to share stories, press releases, testimony and statements through their email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. (TSA graphic)

“You can either provide commentary when tweeting or sharing a story, or just tweet the headline as is,” she said. “A member of the media could share a story of a heroic colleague on local or national news or on their social media platform. Rather than creating your own post or shortening a link, these widgets [on TSA.gov] are there to be a one-step ‘click and share,’ which could make a story go viral.”

And Lopez emphasizes it’s free!

“There’s value in sharing content that makes you ‘feel,’ whether the story motivates you, makes you happy or sad,” Bonilla noted. “People just naturally gravitate to these stories that demonstrate real people doing incredible things.”

Lopez agrees, saying, “At the end of the day, we all need good stories to keep us going in our everyday work life. Seeing what our colleagues do each day, in addition to what’s in our job description, is a true motivator. It’s all about reading what other people have done in your field to really appreciate your job, and I see that a lot with sharing these employee stories.”

We also invite you to share TSA press releases, congressional testimony and statements with your friends and family.