Employee Stories

Buffalo Niagara International Airport Supervisory Officer William Brand and Officer Marie Benny (Photo courtesy of TSA BUF)

Lifesaving Heimlich response in Buffalo breakroom

February 22, 2024

Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) TSA Officer Marie Benny and Supervisory Officer William Brand, seated just a few feet apart from each other in the breakroom, were not much more than casual, professional colleagues for nearly 12 years…

Erick Rekstad and Justin Keear demonstrate computed tomography X-ray scanning algorithms for TSA leadership and industry partners. (RCA photo)

Eyes on the future, TSA demonstrates potential for open architecture

February 20, 2024

As TSA looks to the future of passenger screening and more rapidly responding to emerging threats, the agency is becoming increasingly innovative.

Worldwide, transportation security equipment is moving toward a…

Kansas City Chiefs fans go through TSA security at LAS after the Super Bowl. (Lorie Dankers photo)

Super Bowl brings record-setting crowds through LAS, TSA security a success

February 16, 2024

It took overtime for the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII and overtime for TSA to handle the record-breaking crowds that came through Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport (…

A Federal Air Marshal displays a drone. (LE/FAMS photo)

Drone threat increases; TSA holds first drone response training outside U.S. since COVID

February 15, 2024

The threat of drones is on the rise, and TSA is tackling the threat head-on, not only here in the U.S., but around the world.

ATL TSA Officers Marlon and LaJauii Hunter (Photo by Zubaidah Guy)

Cupid’s arrow strikes TSA Atlanta – three couples share their stories

February 14, 2024

Working together, living together, doing life together in marriage – that’s a magical combination for three married couples on TSA Atlanta’s team.

In recognition of Cupid’s work, we’re sharing the Valentine…

VIPR team members protect the traveling public in Las Vegas. (FAMS photo)

TSA joins Las Vegas Super Bowl party to protect football fans, travelers

February 13, 2024

The glitz and lights were on full display as the NFL took the Super Bowl to Las Vegas for the first time in the game’s 58-year run, and TSA was in the middle of all the action.

TSA had a big job to do – keeping…

Former Supervisory TSA Officer Raymond Alston was recognized by Newark Liberty International Airport Federal Security Director Donald Drummer, retired (left) and Deputy Federal Security Director (current Newark FSD) Tom Carter for his support as lead behavior detection officer during the 2014 Super Bowl. (Photo courtesy of Raymond Alston)

A sign of the times, TSA program specialist’s racism experience etched in black and white

February 9, 2024

Growing up in Hampton, Virginia, Raymond Alston noticed racial differences in his community.

As an elementary school student playing at recess, he eyed a fenced swimming pool on the other side of the school athletic field and entertained…

Kuhului Airport, Maui County, Hawaii (File photo)

Kudos Across America – Maui, Hawai

February 7, 2024


 I hope this is going to reach someone who can address our complimentary words for TSA Officer Spencer Bocanegra.

My husband, Stan, and I were leaving Maui (OGG-Kahului Airport) after visiting family (we are from Hawaii) for…

TSA Administrator David Pekoske testifies on Capitol Hill for full funding of TSA’s new pay plan in the FY24 federal budget.

Fair pay, transportation security funding – behind the scenes with TSA’s Legislative Affairs

February 6, 2024

With fair pay a top priority, 2023 was a watershed year for TSA.

The agency’s new pay plan took effect last summer to bring TSA employees in line with their colleagues across the federal government.  

Oscar Martin, two years post heart surgery, enjoys the beach scene. (Photo courtesy of Oscar Martin)

Palm reading leads to change of heart

February 5, 2024

As a 34-year-old Type A aviation architect consulting on international projects, Oscar Martin was living the good life and feeling immortal. However, the proverbial heart attack was waiting to happen. The only physical symptom he had was a severe…

EAA Julie Scanlon and DEAA Kimberly Hutchinson walk through a training scenario with the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset. (Photo by Bruce Milton)

‘Changing the way TSA thinks about innovation’ – IT opens new lab at headquarters

February 2, 2024

TSA’s Information Technology (IT) Lift Cell officially launched its Innovation Lab at headquarters last week.

IT is often associated with fixing laptops or troubleshooting issues, but is also responsible for rolling out TSA’s newest…

Derek during FAMS training. (TSA photo)

Climbing the career ladder: TSA officer to Federal Air Marshal

February 1, 2024

Derek is living his dream.

Over his nearly eight years at TSA, Derek (last name redacted to protect his identity due to his current role) has climbed the agency’s career ladder, joining the TSA team at Detroit…

(TSA stock photo)

M31 Grenade Found at Idaho Checkpoint

January 31, 2024

Sometimes screening checked baggage can be “like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’ll get (see).” That’s what happened to TSA Officer Jacob Flores after starting his rotation in the checked baggage screening area at Boise Airport (BOI…

Administrator Pekoske with Savannah Sellers on NBC News Now. (TSA photo)

Lights, camera, action! TSA spokespeople go-to source for news media

January 29, 2024

Who you gonna call if you have a question about TSA?

Hint, the answer is not Ghostbusters.

For an agency with more than 60,000 employees, a small but mighty select group of seven are the faces and…

Downtown Anchorage, Alaska (TSA stock photo)

It Was a Lovely Day in The Neighborhood—Almost!

January 25, 2024

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) Supervisory TSA Officer (STSO) Donna Adams wanted to give her kids a break from riding the school bus and decided to drive them to school through their old neighborhood…

TSA Officers Darrell Nadal, Edgard Olivencia and Freddie Velez’s situational awareness kept transportation security secure and safe for the traveling public. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Carter)

TSA officer identifies wanted felon at checkpoint, leading to arrest

January 25, 2024

During a routine overnight shift at San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, a wanted felon tried to pass unnoticed through a security checkpoint.

TSA Officer Edgard Olivencia was working at the Travel Document…

DTW TSO Keyona Espree assists a passenger at the TDC position.  (Photo courtesy of Team DTW)

Kudos Across America – Detroit

January 24, 2024

I was recently flying with my wife and our 29-year-old special needs son who has autism and intellectual/developmental disability.

When we were providing our IDs and boarding passes to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne…

The plaster coating ABQ officers found inside a cardboard box lined with lead pieces.  (Photo courtesy of TSA ABQ)

Passenger can’t fool TSA; officers crack lead/plaster case with tech and smarts

January 22, 2024

A passenger departing Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) thought his packing creativity would fool TSA, but he underestimated the precision of TSA’s screening technology and the skill and training of ABQ officers in resolving a checked bag…

Miami International Airport Supervisory TSA Officers Jermaine Harris and Javon Denson. (TSA Miami photo)

Miami supervisory TSA officers shine in handling medical emergency

January 19, 2024

The bustling atmosphere at Miami International Airport took an unexpected turn when a passenger fell and injured her head while having a seizure at the checkpoint. The incident in the front of the checkpoint led to…

PHX TSA Officer Erica Vinegar (Photo by Alejandra Villa)

Frantic mom separated from child; caring Phoenix TSA officer uses sleuthing skills, reunites family

January 16, 2024

An ordinary day took an extraordinary shift for a TSA officer at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

An American Airlines employee and a concerned passenger approached TSA Officer Erica Vinegar who…