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TSOs at UN

TSA teams with Secret Service at UN General Assembly

October 2, 2019

President Trump and over 130 foreign heads of state attended the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York City, and TSA played a key role in security. TSA teamed with the U.S. Secret Service in providing operational support.


TSA Officer with toddler

Charlotte TSO Stops Child Abduction

September 27, 2019

A toddler is back with his mother this week due to a quick-thinking TSA officer and great teamwork between TSA and police departments in Charlotte and Orlando.

At approximately 3 p.m. on September 17, Charlotte Douglas International…

Houston Officers Thwart Human Trafficking Attempt

Houston Officers Thwart Human Trafficking Attempt

September 26, 2019

Three officers at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) are being credited with saving a minor’s life from human trafficking.

Supervisory officer Angeleah Davis received a call from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and…

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TSA conducts bomb drills along San Francisco Bay

September 24, 2019

TSA explosives experts joined forces to host a two-day bomb exercise in San Francisco with the goal of protecting the Bay Area’s transportation systems. Transportation Security Specialists (TSSs) specializing in explosives from San Francisco, Los…

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Officer remembers fallen firefighter as TSA Tampa takes explosives training on 9/11 anniversary

September 20, 2019

TSA officers took part in an annual explosives detection exercise at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. This year, the training fell on the 18th anniversary of 9/11.

For Officer George Henges, training that day carried special significance.…

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Million milestone for TSA Instagram

September 19, 2019

TSA’s Instagram has hit a huge milestone! After just six years, the account this week reached 1 million followers.

TSA’s Instagram, which launched in June 2013, takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to guide travelers on their checkpoint…

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84-year-old Boston TSA officer calls it a career

September 18, 2019

The official retirement age for anyone born after 1960 is 67. That’s the age when Ed Donga joined TSA as a transportation security officer. After 17 years on the frontline, Donga has decided to call it a career, retiring at the age of 84…

JNU AFSDG Dave McDermont and LTSO Brenda Irizarry

Juneau TSA officer performs Heimlich on choking passenger

September 16, 2019

Juneau International Airport (JNU) Lead Transportation Security Officer Brenda Irizarry jumped into action to come to the aid of a passenger in distress.

A passenger came to the checkpoint from the departure lounge and told supervisor…

TSA Bradley International Airport captures state awards; four officers awarded for saving life

TSA Bradley International Airport captures state awards; four officers awarded for saving life

September 10, 2019

The Federal Executive Association of Connecticut singled out TSA at Bradley International Airport (BDL) with three special honors during its annual Excellence in Government Awards luncheon.

A group of four TSA officers received the Unsung…

TSA Headquarters Section Chief Walter Craig

TSA Headquarters Section Chief saves drowning woman

September 5, 2019

A TSA headquarters employee is being hailed a hero after he risked his own life to rescue a woman from drowning during a boating trip in Aruba.

Walter Craig, a Section Chief in the Policy, Plans and Engagement (PPE) Cargo Division, was…

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Burbank FSD honored with 2019 TSA Trailblazer Award

September 3, 2019

Anita Minaei, federal security director at Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, California, was recognized this month with the 2019 TSA Trailblazer Award. Minaei was honored with the award during the annual TSA Women’s Equality Day celebration at…

Rrall Retirement at DFW

Celebratory retirement send-off for Dallas Fort Worth K9s

August 29, 2019

After serving TSA and the traveling public for several years, a pair of canines at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) are off to spend the rest of their lives in leisure.

Ten-year-old Rrall and 9-year-old Woody – both Labrador…

Mary Leftridge Byrd

Atlanta Federal Security Director honored with prestigious leadership award

August 28, 2019

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Federal Security Director Mary Leftridge Byrd has received a prestigious leadership award from Government Executive magazine.

In connection with its 50th anniversary this year, Government…

TSA Officers Brittany Sutton and Eric Jones with Greg Eubanks

Minneapolis TSA officers save man’s life after ‘widow-maker’ heart attack

August 27, 2019

TSA Officers Brittany Sutton and Eric Jones were working at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport security checkpoint when they heard cries for help. Following the sounds, they discovered a man collapsed face-down in front of a…

Ralph Ramos

LaGuardia coordination center officer saves coworker’s life

August 22, 2019

It’s not every day you save the life of your co-worker, but that day came for LaGuardia Airport supervisory coordination center officer Ralph Ramos, and he answered the call.

TSA participates in school bus hijacking drill in Texas

TSA participates in school bus hijacking drill in Texas

August 20, 2019

Every day in the U.S., about 26 million children hop on a bus headed for school, and keeping those students safe is vital. A school bus hijacking is a real threat in today’s environment, and TSA teamed with the National Tactical Officers…

Baltimore youth get full airport, TSA experience

Baltimore youth get full airport, TSA experience

August 15, 2019

Dozens of Baltimore middle-school youth got an experience of a lifetime. They took a full behind-the-scenes look at an airport. Fifty kids from five recreational centers across the city participated in the annual Summer Youth Initiative hosted by…

TSA employee-in-training helps save life

TSA employee-in-training helps save life

August 13, 2019

For many people, their daily routine might consist of picking up breakfast or coffee while rushing to stay on schedule. For newly hired Transportation Security Inspector (TSI) Michael Hodges, his morning included helping save a life and still…

BDL Sailfest

TSA keeps people safe at popular Connecticut summer festival

August 12, 2019

TSA Officers from Bradley International Airport (BDL) were on security’s frontline at Southeastern Connecticut’s premiere summertime event. TSA BDL deployed some of its uniformed screeners to the three-day SailFest in New London, which typically…

Bomb on Bus Exercise

Bomb on bus exercise – Keanu Reeves not included

August 6, 2019

Saving lives in times of crisis – that was the focus of a mock bomb exercise hosted by TSA in Rochester, Minnesota. Local TSA brought together Rochester Public Transit, police, fire, the Emergency Management Department, public utilities, and the…