Employee Stories

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Where are all these guns coming from?

October 2, 2020

Does it seem like we’re discovering more firearms at the checkpoint, or is it just another 2020 anomaly?

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Kudos Across America – Denver

September 30, 2020

I just want to give a personal thank you to Supervisory TSA Officer Kelly Smith. She really went above and beyond to help a little boy find his lost phone.

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TSA Women in Aviation: Janis Burl

September 29, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a weeklong collection of stories featuring women in aviation. These stories are in recognition of Girls in Aviation Day on September 26 sponsored by Women in Aviation International. Through these stories,…

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TSA Women in Aviation: Christine Assili

September 29, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a collection of stories featuring women in aviation. These stories are in recognition of Girls in Aviation Day on September 26 sponsored by Women in Aviation International. Through these stories, learn…

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Orlando canine handler tosses bobber to military veterans at risk of suicide

September 29, 2020

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was responsible for more than 48,000 deaths in 2018. That’s about one death every 11 minutes. In 2018, 10.7 million…

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Women hike 116-mile hike along the Underground Railroad route, walking that sacred ground

September 28, 2020

In March of this year, singer and songwriter Linda Harris posted on Facebook: “Hey, I want to walk the Underground Railroad,” and set the challenge. The rest is history.

TSA Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist Jennifer Bailey and…

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The value of a TSA internship

September 25, 2020

George Mason University senior Frank Diallo enjoys an interim secret clearance, a benefit he’s earned by interning with TSA’s Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). As an information systems and operations management major, Diallo fine-tunes his…

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TSA canine training instructor awarded Bronze Star Medal for courage under fire in Afghanistan

September 23, 2020

The newest Training Instructor at the TSA Canine Training Center brings more than just a great resume to TSA.

Staff Sgt. Alex Schnell earned a Bronze Star medal with a “V” for Valor, for heroic achievement and courage under fire during a…

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TSA Women in Aviation: Angela Brooks

September 23, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story features a leading woman in aviation and is in recognition of Girls in Aviation Day on September 26 sponsored by Women in Aviation International. Through this…

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TSA Women in Aviation: Karin Glasgow

September 22, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story features a leading woman in aviation and is in recognition of Girls in Aviation Day on September 26 sponsored by Women in Aviation International. Through this story on Karin…

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TSA Women in Aviation: Karen Hanlon

September 22, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story features a leading woman in aviation and is in recognition of Girls in Aviation Day on September 26 sponsored by Women in Aviation International. Through this…

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Dayton TSA officer saves fellow officer from choking

September 21, 2020

You never know what to expect when you report for duty with TSA. Most employees never foresee finding themselves in a life or death situation, especially in the TSA breakroom.

Dayton (Ohio) International Airport TSA Officer Matthew Edds…

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Kudos Across America – Denver

September 16, 2020

Hello. I apologize for just getting to this now, but my family flew through the Denver airport back in March. We have a very medically fragile daughter and were very impressed with the gentleman who helped us through security with her and all her…

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Resumption of airport services and recovery efforts underway after Hurricane Laura pummels Southwest Louisiana

September 16, 2020

Heeding mandatory evacuation orders, twelve Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH) officers and one Supervisory Transportation Security Inspector sought safer ground a day ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall late Wednesday, August 26. All LCH…

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New Salt Lake City airport opens for business

September 15, 2020

A brand new airport with a $4 billion price tag is now open for business in Utah’s capital city.

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) opened on Tuesday with a new terminal, two new concourses and a new parking garage. This is the…

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Acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell retires, celebrates 24 years of public service

September 11, 2020

When asked years ago where she wanted to be when she retired from government service, Patricia Cogswell, or Patty as she is known by her contemporaries expressed TSA. The last two years as TSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator is fulfillment of that…

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Lanai TSA officers give back to community, launch beach cleanup effort

September 10, 2020

For the last six months, COVID-19 turned our world upside down, but TSA officers at Hawaii’s Lanai Airport (LNY) rose above the pandemic to come together as a team to help the local environment.

Supervisory TSA Officer Lemual Schutt felt…

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TSA manager leads food drive for New Jersey residents impacted by pandemic

September 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to reduced work hours, lost jobs, and wages down the drain for millions of Americans. When TSA lead manager Bruce Moore learned how the virus was impacting his hometown of North Plainfield, New Jersey, he decided…

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Raising the bar on protecting surface transportation passengers

September 9, 2020

Protecting the nation’s surface transportation travelers is moving to the next level. TSA is partnering with transportation experts from across the country to strengthen surface transportation security.

“Surface transportation security is…

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Technology + critical thinking skills = good catch

September 4, 2020

Two TSA officers at Washington Dulles International Airport used screening technology, critical thinking skills and their network resources to detect a replica explosive in checked baggage.

Officer Tim Simmons flagged the bag for further…