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Looking for a good paying job in U.S. Government that also offers you a chance to help fight terrorism? If so, read on. 

The Transportation Screening Agency (TSA) is now accepting applications for federal Transpiration Security Screeners at over 300 airports across the nation. TSA is required to hire and train federal screening personnel to take over all passenger-screening responsibilities at the nation’s 429 commercial airports by Nov. 19, 2002.

Salary and Benefits:  Transportation Security Screeners earn an annual salary ranging from $23,600 to $35,400 depending upon experience, plus locality pay. In addition, security screeners receive federal benefits including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, paid vacation and sick leave. Both full and part time positions are available.

Job Description: Transportation Security Screener duties include providing frontline security and protection of travelers, airports and airplanes by identifying dangerous objects in baggage and on passengers. They also are responsible for preventing those objects from being transported onto aircraft by utilizing diverse, cutting edge electronic detection and imaging equipment in a courteous and professional manner. Since airports are open 24-hours a day, the job may require working:

  • Irregular hours and/or shifts
  • Holidays and weekends
  • Overtime and extended hours

Positions for Lead Transportation Security Screeners and Supervisory Transportation Security Screeners are also available.

Also see: Frequently Asked Questions 

Requirements: All candidates for Transportation Security Screener must have:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent; OR
  • At least one year of full-time work experience in security work or aviation screener work; or with x-ray technician work.

Qualifications: Naturally, all candidates for security screener jobs must be able to pass a background investigation including a credit check. Candidates must also be able to pass drug and alcohol screening. A complete list of physical requirements will be found on the application form.

Training: Transportation security screener candidates must successfully complete training, including:

  • 40 hours of classroom training, and
  • 60 hours of on-the-job training, and
  • A certification examination

Once you are on the job, you can expect to receive ongoing training with periodic additional certification exams. Failure to pass certification exams will be grounds for dismissal.

How to Apply: 

Online: The most efficient, effective and fastest way is to apply online here. Simply scroll through the list to find the airport where you want to work, read the details, and click the "Apply Online" button at the very bottom of the page. Once you complete the questionnaire, you will receive an immediate notification saying whether or not you meet the minimum requirements. 

By Telephone: If you are unable to complete the application online, you may complete it by calling 877-631-5627 (877-631-JOBS). If you are applying by telephone, please do not use a cellular phone. TSA highly recommends you apply online if possible.

TSA will not pay relocation fees, so you may want to look for a position at an airport near you.

Apply Now! Since TSA is under a very tight deadline to fill thousands of these jobs, they recommend you apply as soon as possible in order to have the best chance for consideration.

If you need assistance because of a disability or for general assistance with the application process, call the TSA's Customer Service Center at 1-888-328-6172 (the TTY line is 1-877-343-9287).

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