Statement on the passing of Newark Liberty International Airport TSA Officer Mark Barisonek after contracting COVID-19

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

NEWARK, N.J.--It is with deep sorrow that the Transportation Security Administration announces the passing of another member of the TSA family after contracting COVID-19. Newark Liberty International Airport TSA Officer Mark Barisonek passed away on April 28.

For nearly 16 years, Mark dedicated his career to the TSA mission. He was an integral member of Team Newark and will be remembered fondly by those who knew him and worked alongside him.

Mark first joined TSA in May of 2004 and held the position of TSA officer at Newark. In 2010, he transferred as a TSA officer to Denver International Airport, returning to the Newark team in 2013.  Mark was one of Newark’s veteran officers in the checked baggage screening operation, always coming to duty with a positive attitude and willing to help out and support the mission. Mark was truly a kind person and was willing to do anything for his peers. He was a professional, dedicated and a well-liked teammate.

Mark is survived by his wife, five children and three grandchildren. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Mark’s family, friends and his TSA colleagues.

Mark is the second member of Team Newark to pass away after contracting COVID-19.  Francis “Frank” Boccabella III, an Explosive Detection Canine Handler at Newark Liberty International Airport, passed away on April 2.

TSA remains committed and determined to work ever more closely with interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19.