TSA works to protect the nation’s airports and check all commercial airline passengers and luggage using a risk-based strategy and cooperations with the transportation, law enforcement, and intelligence communities. The TSA is part of the department of homeland security.


  • Identifying hazardous items that may be on a passenger or in the luggage of the passenger

  • Use imaging equipment and electronic detection devices to remove the items

  • Supervise passenger flow through screening checkpoints to provide order and efficiency

  • Provide instructions and respond to passenger questions

  • Execute pat-down or hand-held wand searches of passengers

  • Inform supervisors or another suitable staff when security breaches happen

  • Check carry-on items, using x-ray checking equipment, to resolve whether items contain things that warrant additional investigation

  • Look for potentially hazardous individuals whose pictures are posted



In order to be qualified to become a TSA agent a individual must be a citizen of the United States. TSA agents must have at the very least a high school diploma or GED. They must be able to pass a drug checking and medical evaluation. Also they must go through a background questioning, which includes a credit check and a criminal check.


  • The FEHB program

  • Dental and vision

  • TSP - tax-deferred retirement savings and investment plan

  • FSAFEDS - assists you pay for products that usually are not covered

  • FEGLI - ensures group term life insurance

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Employee recognition program


Transportation Security: $14,54 - $18,90 hourly

Security Officer: $11,70 - $21,33 hourly

Security Screener, Airline: $10,76 - $21,08 hourly

(Source: PayScale)

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