The Transportation Security Administration expects to hire hundreds or even thousands of screeners this spring in order to cover shortfalls in several airports across the U.S. If you want to apply for a job as a TSA screener, you need to read this.
The TSA is changing its hiring process for screeners and other staff so that officials at each airport are responsible for hiring decisions, rather than the previous system where hiring was contracted out to a separate company. Officials hope that this process will eventually improve the hiring process, but for now it’s resulted in understaffing at many airports, as many aren’t yet ready to process applicants.
“It’s a concern with the summer coming that they will be staffed as needed,” Tara Hamilton, a spokeswoman for Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, told the Wall Street Journal.
TSA hopes that shifting responsibility to federal security directors at each airport “will help with quality and improve retention,” TSA head Kip Hawley told Congress on April 7.
One of the airports officials say desperately needs more screeners is Los Angeles International Airport. And if you can’t get to the airport to apply for the job, yes, you can apply online.
Another airport needing screeners is Kahului Airport in Kahului, on the island of Maui in Hawai’i. Yes, you can not only get a government job, you can also live in Hawai’i while doing it.
If you’d like to apply to be a TSA screener at your nearest airport — or a faraway airport — and spend your days being resented for strip searching people’s wheelchair-bound grandmothers, you can apply online or call 1 (800) 887-1895.