TSA hiring officers across Upstate New York Airports

TSA offering $1,000 hiring bonus
Local Press Release
Monday, November 15, 2021
A passenger scans her electronic boarding pass at a security checkpoint. (TSA photo)

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is looking to hire TSA officers at airports across Upstate New York including Syracuse Hancock International, Albany International, Buffalo-Niagara International, Plattsburgh International, Ogdensburg International, Ithaca Tompkins International, Greater Binghamton and Watertown International Airports within the next few months. Some of the airports have one vacancy and others have a handful of openings.

Individuals who join TSA will receive a $500 hiring bonus and an additional $500 bonus after one year of service within TSA.

Syracuse CAT photo
TSA Officers at Syracuse Hancock International Airport staff a Computed Tomography checkpoint scanner. (TSA photo)

TSA officers screen thousands of airline travelers daily, ensuring they arrive at their destinations safely. TSA expects to screen a greater volume of travelers regularly by summer and needs additional officers to support its security mission.

Based on anticipated seasonal travel trends in the months ahead and the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public, TSA has launched efforts to recruit new employees in support of screening operations in Upstate New York airports in addition to many of the agency’s other airports nationwide.

Benefits of working at TSA for both part- and full-time employees include paid training, annual and sick leave and strong health care plans. TSA is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including military veterans and persons with disabilities. Starting pay differs slightly in each area due to locality pay initiatives. TSA offers new employees opportunities for pay increases after six months.  

“Applicants do not need previous experience working in security or law enforcement fields. Our officers will receive extensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and they are paid while undergoing training,” said Bart R. Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airports in Upstate New York.

 “The TSA was created after the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, and by joining the TSA you be on the front line of protecting the travelling public and you will also be part of our national security enterprise,” Johnson added.  

For more information on the duties of a TSA officer 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 for TSA officers around the country, visit https://jobs.tsa.gov/transport-security-officer.