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TSA commemorates 20th anniversary at Philadelphia International Airport

September 13, 2022

Approximately 200 TSA employees and retirees were on hand as officials from the TSA team at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) commemorated the 20th anniversary of the federalization of the airport.


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Alaska Assistant Federal Security Director – Inspections receives coveted lifetime achievement award

September 9, 2022

Although he’s credited with developing countermeasures that helped shape TSA’s standard operating procedures, Alaska Assistant Federal Security Director-Inspections Ed Kittel works quietly, and to a large portion of the…


9/11: Called to Serve- FSD Bill Csontos

September 8, 2022

September 11th marks the 21st anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the United States. We all have our own 9/11 story, and the day means something different to each of us. I would like to share my memories as a…


9/11 Always in mind for LTSO Gil Adams

September 8, 2022

For those of us who lived through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the date is a reminder of the unforgettable events and triggers memories of where you were, what you were doing and who you were with, as if it happened…


A day in the life of TSA explosives detection canine handlers

September 1, 2022

Editor’s note: The Day in the Life speaker series, produced by the Women Excel @ TSA (WE) Leadership Development Subcommittee, is a one-hour panel discussion with subject matter experts who share their insights into…

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TSA reaches kids, families through humor

August 31, 2022

Airport security is no laughing matter, but TSA is doing its part to help travelers prepare for their trips through the nation’s airports while having some ‘ha ha, funny’ moments along the way.

“I’ve always thought that people won’t…

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Top TSA officers battle at national TSO Olympics

August 30, 2022

Some of the nation’s top TSA officers (TSOs) battled each other while putting their knowledge and skills to the test at the national TSO Olympic Games in Chicago.

O’Hare and Midway International Airports hosted the big event with screening…

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TSA Michigan partners to help communities across Great Lakes State

August 29, 2022

TSA employees across America are helping less fortunate families and individuals this summer through the annual Feds Feed Families campaign.

TSA teams at airports, field offices and headquarters are donating food through September 30 to…

TSA with Louisiana Reentry Program managers including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, New Iberia, Lake Charles, and Lafayette at the TSA booth. Front row, from left, Jeri Mestayer, Hester Serrano, Heather Pennington, Melissa Young. Back row, from left, Kyle Pitre, Scott Peyton, Kaitlin Daly, Julean Thorpe, Steven Lassalle, James Solieau. (Photo courtesy of TSA ESVP)

TSA supporting second chances in Louisiana

August 26, 2022

TSA is enhancing opportunities for previously incarcerated individuals to obtain TSA credentials which are required for many U.S. critical infrastructure and supply chain worker jobs.

TSA’s Enrollment Services and Vetting Programs (ESVP)…

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Kudos Across America – Sitka, Alaska

August 26, 2022


I recently traveled through the Sitka, Alaska, airport (Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport) and was very pleasantly surprised by the warm and helpful hospitality of the TSA staff. Their instructions were…

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TSA reaches out to European aviation partners

August 25, 2022

TSA is expanding its outreach to protect transportation security around the world.

TSA’s Policy, Plans and Engagement (PPE) hosted a first-of-its-kind Regional Industry Summit in Madrid, Spain. It was the first time in the summit’s six-…

: From left, Deputy Director of the Dallas/Fort Worth Federal Executive Board Crystal Cherry, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) TSA Managers Robert Nunnery and Carmen Ladson and Supervisory Coordination Center Officer Larry Pinkos. (Photo courtesy of TSA DFW)

TSA DFW wins three prestigious awards for best-in-class performance

August 25, 2022

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s (DFW) TSA Managers Robert Nunnery and Carmen Ladson and the TSA Mission Resilience team were awarded 2022 Federal Executive Board Awards (FEB) recognizing work excellence among their Dallas/Fort Worth…

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Alaska TSA officer saves a life

August 24, 2022

Working a type of shift where the day is split into two or more parts is a fact of life at smaller airports where most flights originate in the early morning or late evening hours. If you are fortunate to live close to work you can go home and…

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TSA partners with school bus drivers to observe, assess, report

August 24, 2022

It’s back to school time, and TSA is at the center of making sure our nation’s school buses are safe.

TSA Surface Inspector Hans Phifer said it’s unlikely terrorists will target school buses, but he said if it happens, the potential for a…

cting Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management Randolph Alles, AFSD Tara Corse, TSM Jason Brown, and STSO Sam Walker overseeing operations at the screening checkpoint during the World Games in Birmingham. (Photo courtesy of TSA BHM)

TSA Alabama screens athletes during 2022 World Games

August 22, 2022

More than 3,600 athletes from 100 countries were screened at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) as they traveled for the 11th international multisport World Games event.

Preparation for the 11-…

In recognition of their extraordinary actions, the officers have received certificates of appreciation and challenge coins from TSA BUR and the Burbank Airport Police Department.

Decisive action by TSA officers helps prevent checkpoint breach

August 22, 2022

The man didn’t stop.

“At first I thought it was a typical situation where a passenger was running late for his flight and didn’t want to wait to get screened,” recalled Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) Supervisory…

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Last Living WWII Medal of Honor recipient memorialized in Virginia

August 16, 2022

Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last living WWII recipient of the Medal of Honor was laid to rest in a family plot in his West Virginia hometown last month. Members of…

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TSA commemorates 20th anniversary of Newark Liberty International Airport federalization

August 15, 2022

TSA operations turned 20 years old this weekend at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Just 11 months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, EWR launched a new security system under TSA oversight…

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Retired TSA canine with rare pedigree dies

August 11, 2022

One of America’s furry heroes has passed away.

Qqualls, who died from suspected cancer-related complications on July 27 at the age of 13, served TSA for more than 8 1/2 years and came from a very rare family…

Los Angeles International Airport TSA Officer Ellen Mariano (Photo by LAX Media Team)

Kudos Across America -  Los Angeles to Honolulu

August 10, 2022

We were travelling as a family with our 10-year-old daughter who has autism.

The last time we travelled was few years ago and we were traumatized because the process was too overwhelming for her and she had a…