MILWAUKEE — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) and other Wisconsin airports has deployed nearly two dozen Transportation Security Officers (TSO) to assist at Miami International Airport (MIA) in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Seventeen officers—seven from MKE—were deployed to MIA on Monday, Sept. 11 and were joined by three additional officers yesterday. Three others are on stand-by to be deployed where they are needed in Hurricane-impacted areas. Approximately 1,000 TSA employees have participated in recovery efforts related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“We really are a family at TSA, and we work together to get resources where the need is greatest,” said TSA Wisconsin Federal Security Director Mark Lendvay. “Our deployment team consists of officers from most of our Wisconsin airports, who were selected based on their training and willingness to help. Our frontline employees are resilient and capable of deploying at a moment’s notice for this and other natural disasters.” Lendvay also noted that staffing remains adequate to maintain screening operations for MKE and all other airports in Wisconsin.
Upon arriving at MIA on Monday evening, the Wisconsin group joined other TSOs from around the country. They slept on cots in an airport conference room, and were ready to go to work early the next morning when the airport reopened.
“We haven’t had a lot of sleep in the last three days, but it’s been worth it to help our colleagues here in Florida,” said Supervisory TSO Tony Adcock, who is also a team leader. “Both our TSA colleagues and passengers have expressed their thanks for our support. Our goal is to keep travelers secure while we allow our colleagues that were impacted by the hurricane the time they and their families need to get back on their feet.”