TSA hiring security screening officers at three Hawaii airports

All new hires eligible for $1,000 recruitment incentive
Local Press Release
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is hiring Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) to work at three airports in Hawaii including Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui; Lihue Airport (LIH) on Kauai; and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA) on the Island of Hawaii. There are currently full- and part-time positions available at all three airports.

As an incentive, TSA will pay newly-hired TSOs $500 upon starting with the agency and $500 after one year of service with TSA. To qualify for the recruitment incentive, the employee must come onboard with TSA between now and September 30, 2021.

Below are the starting hourly wages and an approximate number of employees TSA is looking to hire at each airport:

Starting hourly rate

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TSA will be hosting recruitment events over the next few weeks at the following locations. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for each event.




Friday, July 30

Wailea Beach Resort
3700 Wailea Alanui Drive


Monday, August 2

Courtyard King Kamehameha’s
 Kona Beach Hotel
75-5660 Palani Road


Thursday, August 5

TSA office
4280 Rice Street

At the recruitment session, interested candidates will attend an information session to learn more about applying to become a TSO, take a computer-based test to evaluate aptitude and English language proficiency and participate in a structured interview session. The session and preliminary hiring process components can take between three and four hours, so TSA recommends arriving early in the day. Candidates are required to have two valid forms of state or federal identification.

TSOs in Hawaii are federal employees. Benefits include paid training, annual and sick leave, health care plans for full- and part-time employees and a generous retirement plan. TSOs are eligible for up to $5,000 per year in college tuition reimbursement. TSA does not prorate benefits for part-time workers, and veteran’s preference is not required to join the agency.

After six months, TSOs are eligible for pay increases and those who work early mornings, evenings and Sundays receive a shift differential. Overtime opportunities, which are paid at time and a half, are frequently available. TSA is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

For more information on the duties, of a TSO and to learn a little more about TSA’s mission, a video titled “Day in the Life of a TSO” is available. To view open positions locally and to apply, visit https://jobs.tsa.gov/. In the “Search TSA jobs” box, enter “TSO” in the search box to the left and the city and state in the “location” search box to the right.