TSA continues hiring full-time screeners at three airports

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National Press Release
Thursday, January 8, 2004

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is currently soliciting job applications for full-time security screener jobs with federal benefits at Boston Logan International Airport, Amarillo (Texas) International Airport, and Washington-Dulles International Airport in Virginia. TSA will accept job applications for Boston and Amarillo through tomorrow (Thursday, January 8) and for Washington-Dulles until at least next week.

"TSA continues recruiting full-time screeners for select airports," said David M. Stone, Acting Administrator of TSA. "We are working to move quickly to hire highly qualified candidates and get them scheduled for training so they can provide the world-class security and world-class customer service that the American people have now grown accustomed to from TSA."

Full-time security salaries can range from $23,600 to $35,400 depending upon experience, plus locality pay. Federal security screeners also receive federal benefits including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, paid vacation and sick leave

Transportation security screeners' duties include providing frontline security and protection of travelers, airports and airplanes by identifying dangerous objects in baggage and on passengers. Their job is to prevent those objects from being transported onto aircraft by utilizing diverse, cutting edge electronic detection and imaging equipment, as well as using the lessons learned from a concentrated training curriculum.

Candidates need to apply on-line and must meet the minimum requirements under the law. Candidates are then assessed, and if hired, are required to successfully complete 40 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of on-the-job training. The entire process takes several weeks.

All candidates must meet minimum qualification requirements established by law including:

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent, or one year of security or aviation screening experience.
  • English proficiency.
  • Pass a background check.
  • TSA determines full-time and part-time staffing needs on a case-by-case basis for each airport.