TSA Wants 6,000 More Airport Security Screening Officers for the Summer
Airlines expect air travel to get close to normal fairly soon, especially leisure travel. And the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) seems to back up those predictions as they are looking to hire 6,000 more screening agents at airports across the country. The agency says it expects an increase of fliers during the traditionally busy summer vacation season.
Based on anticipated seasonal travel trends in the months ahead and the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public, TSA has launched national efforts to recruit new employees in support of screening operations at approximately 430 airports nationwide. More than 41 million people in the U.S. have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and more than 17 million have received both doses.
“Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) are a critical first line defense in securing our nation’s commercial air transportation system,” said Melanie Harvey, acting Executive Assistant Administrator for TSA’s Security Operations in the press release. “Each day, our officers screen hundreds of thousands of airline travelers ensuring they arrive at their destinations safely. We expect to screen a higher number of travelers regularly by the summer months and will need additional officers to support our critical mission.”
Air travel is still down compared to previous years, but after a drop in the early weeks of 2021, we have seen a slight rebound. During Presidents’ Day Weekend over one million passengers passed through TSA checkpoints per day. That’s about 50% of pre-pandemic levels.