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Transportation Security Officer


Transportation Security Administration


Join us as a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) and discover the rewards of a public service career with integrity, respect, commitment — and great federal benefits. Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) provide security and protection of air travelers, airports and aircraft in a courteous and professional manner. This includes:

Operating various screening equipment and technology to identify dangerous objects in baggage, cargo and on passengers, and preventing those objects from being transported onto aircraft.
Performing searches and screening, which may include physical interaction with passengers (e.g., pat-downs, search of property, etc.), conducting bag searches and lifting/carrying bags, bins, and property weighing up to 50lbs.
Controlling terminal entry and exit points.
Interacting with the public, giving directions and responding to inquiries.
Maintaining focus and awareness while working in a stressful environment which includes noise from alarms, machinery and people, crowd distractions, time pressure, and disruptive and angry passengers, in order to preserve the professional ability to identify and locate potentially life threatening or mass destruction devices, and to make effective decisions in both crisis and routine situations.
Engaging in continuous development of critical thinking skills, necessary to mitigate actual and potential security threats, by identifying, evaluating, and applying appropriate situational options and approaches. This may include application of risk-based security screening protocols that vary based on program requirements.
Retaining and implementing knowledge of all applicable Standard Operating Procedures, demonstrating responsible and dependable behavior, and is open to change and adapts to new information or unexpected obstacles.


Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National and at least 18 years of age.
Pass a drug screening, medical evaluation, and background investigation.
Subject to post-employment random drug and/or alcohol testing.
Must be registered for Selective Service (males born after 12/31/59).
Must be available to work various shifts and overtime, as needed.
Mandatory travel for training and occasional travel may be required.
The qualification requirements listed above must be met at the time of application submission.



Work Schedule

Set Hours — Specific work shifts and schedules will be determined by the airport. Part-time shifts generally range from 16-32 hours per week.


$15.89/hr to start


Federal benefits. Shift differential pay. Potential pay increases start at six months.

Required Education

No information available

Work Location

Louisville — Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport

Application Process

Apply online through November 15, 2019 at: tsajobs.tsa.dhs.gov or text “TSO” to 95495 or call 877-872-7990. U.S. citizenship required. Equal opportunity employer.

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