Employee Stories

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TSA officers in Des Moines stop overheated laptop from flying

July 8, 2021

A laptop flagged for additional screening in a checked bag at Iowa’s Des Moines International Airport came out negative on an explosive trace detection (ETD) swab, but TSA Officer Mike Amberg and his colleagues were…

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A TSA canine’s work is never done

July 7, 2021

Over 1,000 canine teams are in action at TSA, and their work is never done.

Andrew Hotinger, one of the agency’s headquarters canine coordinators and National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program social media…

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Phoenix TSA officer rushes into burning home, rescues family dog

June 29, 2021

TSA Officer Vanessa Wieser was on her way home from work when she suddenly saw a plume of smoke in her Mesa, Arizona, neighborhood.

“My mother was a wildland fire dispatcher for 39 years with the U.S. Forest…

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Syracuse TSA officer helps reunite missing child with family

June 28, 2021

A 10-year-old missing child is back home with her family, thanks to a New York TSA officer.

During a late evening drive home from work, Scotti Clark, a lead TSA officer at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR), happened to spot a…

From left, TSA Officers Forrest Burke, Nicolas Blanco and Jessie Ashton (Photo courtesy of TSA JNU)

Artfully and well concealed fiberglass knife detected, uncovered

June 23, 2021

Identifying prohibited items while performing X-ray duties is what TSA officers train long and hard to do. When you add an artfully and well concealed fiberglass knife to the mix, practice and preparation pay off.

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Kudos Across America – Denver

June 22, 2021

As a frequent flyer (up until COVID), I have always respected the work of the TSA agents.

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Kudos Across America – Des Moines, Iowa

June 15, 2021

During my recent trip to Iowa from Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to fly out of Des Moines International Airport and process through their TSA station. My experience with the TSA team at the Des Moines Airport…

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Strides made, challenges ahead to further enhance diverse TSA workplace

June 14, 2021

To coin a well-known phrase, “We’ve come a long way.” However, TSA leaders acknowledge their effort to build a diverse and inclusive workforce at all levels of the agency is still a work in progress.

Over the…

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TSA races into action for Indy 500

June 11, 2021

The event known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” was back with the largest crowd for a single event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and TSA was there!

With COVID-19 restrictions slightly loosened,…

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Award-winning Madrid TV travel show spotlights San Francisco TSA inspector

June 9, 2021

San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, the bay, cable cars, and now TSA Inspector Eduardo Santos.

Madrileños por el mundo, an award-winning television travel show on…

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Employee Spotlight: Provincetown Municipal Airport STSO Philip Mackay

June 8, 2021

Humorous true story– the checkpoint introduction

The response from a passenger in a wheelchair to the discovery of a small bottle of water in her carry-on became so loud and unreasonable she…

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Off-duty Florida TSA officers act selflessly, assist strangers at accident scene

June 7, 2021

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) TSA Officers Jose Monsanto and Santiago Lazo are being praised for assisting traffic accident victims on a busy Broward County highway in southeastern Florida.

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New York TSA officer catches boy thrown from roof during fire

June 7, 2021

Greater Binghamton Airport TSA Officer Patrick Cronk and his daughter were waiting to catch a morning bus in Endicott, New York, when he heard a loud popping sound followed by breaking glass.

Cronk told his…

Spokane International Airport (GEG) TSA Officer Benjamin Blue.  (Photo by Daniel Hutchinson)

Washington officer averts dangerous situation at checkpoint

June 7, 2021

 “I didn’t know he [TSA Officer Benjamin Blue] could move like that. I don’t think I have ever seen him move that fast,” recalled Spokane International Airport (GEG) Supervisory TSA Officer Daniel Hutchinson.…

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Nashville TSA officer, police officer team up to revive passenger

June 2, 2021

The morning seemed routine as Christopher Baltimore returned from his break to head back to the checkpoint. As the Nashville International Airport (BNA) TSA officer came around the corner of Allegiant Air’s ticket…

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Remembering those who gave so much

June 1, 2021

On Memorial Day weekend, many families gathered, had cookouts, stayed home and just enjoyed the company of those closest to them. For those who served this country, are serving, or plan to serve, Memorial Day has a…

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TSA senior leaders travel out west to visit surface training facility

May 28, 2021

Three top senior leaders from TSA headquarters got an up close, personal look at the agency’s surface transportation side of the house during a visit to Pueblo, Colorado. That’s where TSA’s Surface Transportation…

May 2021 passenger traffic at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

TSA prepared for summer travel surge at nation’s airports

May 27, 2021

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us – the unofficial start of the summer travel season. Just in time, our nation’s airports are seeing a big resurgence in travelers.

During the month of May, TSA officers have…

Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director Maria Chantre, TSA Manager Brian Cardona, Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director-Threat Assessment Program Karen Hegner, Assistant Federal Security Director-Screening Elizabeth Selecky, Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director Raymond Albanese, and Assistant Federal Security Director-Generalist Matthew McCalligett present the participant packets. (Photo courtesy of TSA BOS)

Zooming your kids into the work day

May 26, 2021

An exploding volcano usually isn’t a good thing, but if you participated in the 2021 Boston Logan International Airport’s (BOS) virtual Take Our Kids to Work Days, it was awesome!

Now in its 28th year, the…

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Kudos Across America – Deep in the Heart of Texas

May 20, 2021

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, Texas    

I forgot…