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TSA Hiring Part-time Security Screeners at Alaska Airports
Ketchikan International Airport Included On List

September 13, 2003
Saturday - 12:30 am

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Friday it is recruiting part-time federal security screeners to work at airports in Alaska. Included on the list is the Ketchikan International Airport.

The recruitment of part-time screeners is part of TSA's rightsizing plan, offering the flexibility needed to optimize staffing at checkpoints, ensuring special attention during peak passenger times.

"TSA is looking for dedicated men and women to step forward and serve on the front lines of the war against terror," said Adm. James M. Loy, Administrator of TSA.

Interested candidates can apply at and then click on "Employment" or For additional information, candidates can contact TSA Recruitment Services at 1-800-887-1895 or TTY 800-887-5506.

Transportation security screeners' duties include providing frontline security and protection of travelers, airports and airplanes by identifying dangerous objects in baggage and on passengers. Their job is to prevent those objects from being transported onto aircraft by utilizing diverse, cutting edge electronic detection and imaging equipment, as well as using the lessons learned from a concentrated training curriculum.

TSA is starting the recruitment process at several airports in Alaska including:

Bethel Airport (BET), AK

Deadhorse Airport (SCC), AK

Dillingham Airport (DLG), AK

Ketchikan International Airport (KTN), AK

King Salmon Airport (AKN), AK

Kotzebue 'Ralph Wien Memorial' Airport (OTZ), AK

Merle K (MUDHOLE) Smith (CDV), AK

Nome Airport (OME), AK

Sitka 'Rocky Gutierrez' Airport (SIT), AK

Unalaska-Dutch Harbor Airport (DUT), AK

Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial Airport (BRW), AK

TSA continues to recruit part-time screeners at the following airports:

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), AK

Part-time security salaries will depend upon a screener's work schedule. Hourly wages can range from $11.30 to $16.96 depending on experience, plus locality pay. Part-time security screeners also are eligible for federal benefits including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, paid annual (vacation) and sick leave. The amount of the premium paid for both health and life insurance and retirement as well as accrued annual (vacation) and sick leave are based upon the work schedule.

Recruitment of potential candidates is the first step in the deployment of federal screeners. Candidates need to apply on-line and must meet the minimum requirements under the law. Candidates are then assessed, and if hired, are required to successfully complete 40 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of on-the-job training. The entire process takes several weeks.

All candidates by law must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. national;
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent, or one year of security or aviation screening experience;
  • English proficiency;
  • Pass a background check

The Aviation and Transportation Security Act mandates that TSA recruit, hire and train screening personnel to assume passenger and baggage screening responsibilities for the nation's commercial airports.



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Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
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