Employee Stories

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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. 

“I’m…

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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.

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TSA raises aviation security baseline in Kenya after decade-long project

March 2, 2022

Traveling just got a lot easier and more secure for passengers leaving from East Africa’s capital city Nairobi to the U.S.

TSA and the government of Kenya reached a major milestone when improvements to a…

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TSA inspectors play key role in surface transportation security

March 2, 2022

Over 14 years ago, Michael Madrigal joined TSA as a frontline screener at Los Angeles International Airport. He wasn’t a TSA officer for long. Just two months after he washired, Madrigal was promoted to surface…

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Chicago officer rescues toddler walking in the street

February 28, 2022

When TSA Officer Joe Frost saw a toddler walking alone on the sidewalk of a busy Chicago street at 4 a.m., he thought his eyes were playing tricks on him.

“It was weird, something you don’t see ever,” he explained. “I didn’t see any cars…

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Observant Newark baggage officers thwart insider threat

February 28, 2022

It pays to be a curious when clearing alarms.

When confronted with a peculiar and evolving issue in the baggage room at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), five TSA team members followed the facts and uncovered an attempted…

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First-ever international TSA PreCheck® lane debuts in the Bahamas

February 25, 2022

“Forward Upward Onward Together”

The Bahamas’ motto encapsulates the vision shared with the United States as Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau, Bahamas, welcomed the first international TSA…

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Kudos Across America – San Diego

February 22, 2022

It makes me proud to live in San Diego, especially when I pass [through] airport security because our TSA agents [officers] are the most patient, courteous and professional of anywhere I have been!

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OAK leadership supports, sustains inclusive culture

February 22, 2022

The support Oakland International Airport (OAK) TSA Officer Van Duong has received from his TSA family since being diagnosed with a serious illness in August 2020 is concrete proof of the care and inclusion of all people in the TSA workplace. …

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TSA Los Angeles pulls together for Super Bowl rush

February 17, 2022

With football fans flooding Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on the day after the Super Bowl, TSA was ready.

TSA saw a surge in passenger loads on the traditional “get away” day, screening more than 81,000…