Employee Stories

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TSA social media experts listen, learn and inform

June 12, 2020

One and a half million questions asked by the traveling public and answered by AskTSA is a notable milestone. It’s even more impressive when you consider a forward leaning TSA was the first U.S. government agency to embrace social care back in…

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New York TSA officer helps feed homeless during pandemic

June 12, 2020

Nobody wants to see others suffer from hunger, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vince Reardon decided to help feed the homeless in New York’s Tompkins Square Park. He volunteers with Chilis on Wheels, a non-profit organization that shares meals…

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TSA tourniquet saves life

June 8, 2020

When TSA Security Specialist Todd Andrews received a tourniquet during a training course in Glynco, Georgia, it came with a solemn warning – one day, you might need it.

Months later, Todd was clearing brush on a property in Oklahoma with…

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TSA – Ford Partnership keeping people safe

June 4, 2020

As part of the Defense Production Act invoked by President Trump after declaring a national emergency, General Motors production plants switched to manufacturing ventilators. Ford Motor Company also paused car production and pivoted to…

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial honors fallen Federal Air Marshal

June 4, 2020

For the first time in its 58-year history, a Federal Air Marshal’s (FAM) name is forever etched on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Michele Paul was honored at a wreath laying ceremony as part of National…

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Mom inspires TSA employee to help community

June 3, 2020

Abraham Lincoln once said, “All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother.”

Lincoln drew inspiration from his mom, and so does Alexis Walters. A transportation security specialist, Walters is with TSA’s Policy, Plans, and Engagement…

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TSA supply chain strong amidst COVID-19

May 29, 2020

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

That is especially true for the supplies TSA’s workforce needs to carry out the mission every day. From the gloves, cleaning supplies and other consumables that our officers use at the…

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A stitch in time

May 27, 2020

Sandie Chandler was sewing her own handmade outfits at the young age of 12, a skill she learned from her mother. “I was four when my mom gave me a toy sewing kit to occupy my hands while she sewed clothes,” said Chandler.

In the years…

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Home is where Fido belongs

May 26, 2020

Finding lost dogs is Sheilah Graham’s passion, and her motto is Never Give Up.

For the past eight years, Graham, a TSA officer at Warwick, Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport (PVD), has volunteered her time and experience to assist families…

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One good turn deserves another

May 19, 2020

TSA officers and staff in Austin decided the time was right for some quid pro quo and to show a little love to those who so unselfishly supported them with food just 14 months earlier. Once she got permission, Supervisory TSA Officer Frankie…

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Wife inspires Alaska TSA officer to volunteer

May 15, 2020

We all get our inspiration from someone in our lives. For Martin Maricle, that inspiration comes from his wife.

Maricle, a TSA officer at Alaska’s Fairbanks International Airport, devotes much of his off-duty time volunteering to help his…

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Baltimore TSA officer spends stimulus check on frontline workers

May 14, 2020

Supervisory TSA Officer Samantha Mudge remembers what it was like last year, working during the partial federal government shutdown for several weeks without a paycheck.

“So many people helped us during the government furlough,” Mudge…

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Uncommon efforts toward a common goal

May 14, 2020

Never take a breath for granted.

After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, ventilators were in short supply across the U.S. and other countries. With efforts to flatten the curve, including social distancing, increased ventilator production became…

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Look up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Nilsa.

May 12, 2020

Well-known poet and author Oscar Wilde wrote, “To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.”

“It goes without saying that Nilsa Reid is a positive example of giving selflessly at TSA and to her community,” said…

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Pennsylvania TSA supervisor feeds hungry kids during pandemic

May 6, 2020

Low-income children in the small Pennsylvania town of Johnstown have food in their bellies during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks in large part to Donna LaMonaca.

LaMonaca, a TSA supervisory officer at Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, is on…

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COVID-19 ravages transportation system; TSA offers help

May 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged America’s transportation system, and TSA is offering some assistance.

In response to COVID-19, TSA’s Intermodal Security Training…

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Locks of love from Dallas TSA officer

May 1, 2020

In 2020, over 11,000 children under the age of 15 in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with cancer, which is the number two cause of death in that age group.

A family tragedy inspired a Dallas TSA officer to help kids stricken with…

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I&A Spouses Lend a Helping Hand to Their Communities and Watch Employees

April 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered all of our lives in some way – whether it be our physical work locations or what we wear at the grocery store.  Recently, several Intelligence and Analysis

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Work scene quite different these days for many TSA employees

April 29, 2020

COVID-19 swept through our country like a huge storm, and TSA quickly responded.  

While TSA’s mission to protect the nation’s transportation systems continues, agency leadership made a commitment to protect as many employees as possible…

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‘Oh, that knife? It’s just holding my bag together’

April 24, 2020

Flight loads at airports across the country have dropped dramatically because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not stopping TSA from