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TSA to hire new security screeners ahead of the summer travel season

Following a robust spring travel season, the agency is gearing up for even more travelers this summer.

CLEVELAND — After a robust spring break travel season, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says that it is preparing for that trend to continue and grow into the summer.

On Friday, the TSA held a press conference to talk about how it is planning to handle the higher passenger volume, and that includes hiring additional security screeners. 

During spring break season, daily passenger volumes exceeded one million passengers at TSA checkpoints nationwide. With the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations across the country, the agency expects that trend to continue.

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To prepare, the TSA has launched national recruitment efforts for new employees. That includes nearly 40 full and part-time positions at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Right now, the TSA employs around 300 people at Hopkins.

The positions include benefits, like paid training, annual and sick leave, health care benefits for full and part-time employees and a generous retirement plan. Pay starts at $17.20 per hour with the opportunity for a raise at the end of six months. 

To apply for one of the positions, click HERE.

To see what a day in the life of a TSA agent is like, watch the video below.

The agency also spoke about how it will continue following COVID-19 protocols while handling an uptick in passengers. It plans to keep social distancing measures in place for those waiting to go through screening.

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