Employee Stories

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Four in Houston earn national TSA Employee of the Year honors

March 31, 2022

Coming off back-to-back national Airport of the Year Awards in 2019 and 2020, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) took home several awards during the 2021 TSA Honorary Awards…


Idaho TSA officer named top national TSO

March 30, 2022

Five years ago, Margaret Hanson was looking for a career change, so she came to TSA. What a perfect fit!

Since joining the agency in May 2017, Hanson, a transportation security officer (TSO) at Idaho Falls…

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Kudos Across America – Providence, Rhode Island

March 29, 2022

TSA Officer Bentley — I later found out his first name is Tim [Timothy] — was so gracious, professional and patient with my daughters and I.

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TSA South Carolina, bomb squad provide explosives training for new TSA officers

March 28, 2022

TSA South Carolina teamed up with the Charleston County Bomb Squad (CCBS) to hold an explosives exercise, training TSA security officers on how to recognize and respond to improvised explosive devices (IEDs). TSA…

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TSA IT specialist gives back to community, earns distinguished Honorary Award

March 28, 2022

First responders falling on hard times in northern Virginia are getting a big boost, thanks to the leadership of a TSA IT specialist.

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Albany, DFW Leaders Named 2021 FSDs of the Year

March 24, 2022

Each day, Federal Security Directors provide direction and oversight to TSA’s airport staff and security operations, and they do so with the agency’s mission in mind.

Two, in particular, have shown exemplary leadership and a profound…

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Employee Spotlight: Jannetta Sewell

March 22, 2022

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport’s (DTW) Jannetta Sewell has risen from entry level screener in 2002 to her present role as Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director, all while serving at her home airport.

Her satisfaction with…

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TSA recognizes Intelligence and Analysis team with prestigious cornerstone award

March 21, 2022

While 2021 was a challenging year for most, TSA’s Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) 24/7 Operations Team stood watch behind-the-scenes day in and day out safeguarding the traveling public.

During the…

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Dog, man’s close partnership earns DFW canine handler top honor

March 18, 2022

Man’s best friend – That’s truly the case for David Seamands and his dog, Hhilbert.

For nearly three decades, dogs have been a big part of Seamands’ life. They’ve worked together around-the-clock to protect the…

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Kudos Across America – Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska

March 17, 2022

During the Christmas holiday, my wife and I traveled to Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska.

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Philadelphia officers discover $250,000 hidden in bag

March 17, 2022

As James Blocker reviewed images in the airport’s checked baggage screening room, he couldn’t quite make out if what was alarming on the bag’s pull handle was a threat or not. Going with his gut instinct, the…

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Colorado TSA officer earns top award

March 16, 2022

“I was pretty shocked. Honored, but more so, just shocked.”

That was Kaitlyn Talley’s reaction after learning she was selected as one of two TSA Officers of the Year. Talley was honored during the…

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Others drove by; Philadelphia TSA officer stopped, made a difference

March 14, 2022

Her first thought was to document the traffic jam in case she was late to work, but when

Philadelphia International Airport TSA Officer Ebony Johnson inched closer to the multi-car accident, she knew she had to stop and help. 


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Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach named TSA’s top airports of 2021

March 14, 2022

Innovation, commitment, leadership, communication, efficiency! All play key roles in TSA’s mission and selection of the agency’s top airports in 2021.

During its annual Honorary Awards ceremony, TSA named Las…

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A life of community service and helping others

March 11, 2022

Program Analyst Felicia Archer says you cannot protect folks 100% of the time from a natural disaster. “It is impossible,” said Archer and she should know. Prior to joining TSA, she worked in disaster relief in support…

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Fargo TSA officer helps human trafficking victim escape danger

March 9, 2022

Not even a year in her role as a TSA officer, Mikki Kjelvik is already being praised for courageously helping a victim of human trafficking.

Kjelvik was passing through the main lobby of Fargo, North Dakota’s Hector International Airport,…

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Kudos Across America – Los Angeles

March 8, 2022

Yesterday, when I was in line at LAX, I fainted due to low blood sugar.

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Denver International Airport TSA officers save a life

March 7, 2022

John Spinelli and his wife Beverley were in the South checkpoint queue at Denver International Airport (DEN) when he started having chest pain. They were catching a flight home to Dallas after spending time with their daughter who lives in…

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Kudos Across America – Chicago

March 4, 2022

Dear U.S. Transportation Security Administration,

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Detroit TSA officer fulfills dream to play college football

March 3, 2022

A TSA officer at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is fulfilling his dream of playing college football.