Transportation Security Officers are responsible for providing
security and protection of travelers across all transportation
sectors in a courteous and professional manner. Their duties may
also extend to securing high-profile events, important figures
and/or anything that includes or impacts our transportation
systems. Learn more about the Transportation Security Officer (TSO)
role on the TSA Careers Website.
Learn more about this agency
For more information on working at Garden City Municipal
Airport, please Click Here.
Salary Information: The salary range listed above includes
locality pay of 15.95% and a retention incentive of 15% of basic
pay that is unique to this duty location. In order to recruit and
retain highly qualified employees at this location, TSA has
approved the payment of a bi-weekly retention incentive. The
current starting hourly rate for this position is $18.98. The
continuation of the incentive portion of this hourly rate is
contingent upon annual approval and funding.
Sign-on Bonus: The Transportation Security Administration is
offering a sign-on bonus of up to $1,000 for this location; $500
after onboarding and an additional $500 after one year of service.
This initiative applies to TSO new hires who onboard prior to
September 30, 2021.
Hiring: TSA may apply a gender-specific (male or female) hiring
preference to fill TSO positions in order to meet security mission
and same gender pat-down job-related requirements. At airport
locations where it is necessary to apply the hiring preference,
candidates of the needed gender will be provided preference in the
scheduling of the computer based aptitude test, airport
assessments, processing and selection. At this time, this airport
is only seeking qualified female candidates to meet mission related
staffing needs. The applications of male candidates will be
accepted but not considered until staffing needs change.
DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure
borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard
cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.
Securing Travel, Protecting People-At the TSA, you will serve in
a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.
Across the nation, you will be on the front line of the DHS's TSA
team as they secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and
public transit systems, thus protecting our transportation
infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and
Realistic Job Preview: The Realistic Job Preview gives you an
honest, objective and vivid portrait of what it means to work as a
Transportation Security Officer (TSO) and provides employee
testimonies about both the good and the challenging aspects of
being a TSO. To view the video, please Click Here.
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
- 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
- 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
NOTE: Employees occupying frontline positions, i.e., individuals
performing security screening operations and occupying positions
that involve contact with the traveling public on a regular and
recurring basis, are required to wear TSA approved and issued
personal protective equipment (PPE). This requirement is in place
to address the COVID-19 pandemic and comply with Executive Order
13991 and TSA's Pandemic and Emerging Infectious Disease and
Workforce Protection Plan. PPE includes TSA issued surgical masks,
face shields, and nitrile gloves. At TSA, the health and safety of
our employees is a top priority.
Occasional travel - A minimum of two (2) weeks of travel in a
full-time duty status will be required to complete TSA's New Hire
training. New Hire training and travel requirements vary by duty
location and may require up to six (6) weeks of full-time duty
status travel. This training will occur away from the employee's
airport of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and
reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy.
While employed with TSA, other occasional travel may be
1802 Compliance Inspection And Support
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National and at least 18 years
- Pass a drug screening, medical evaluation, and background
- Subject to post-employment random drug and/or alcohol
- Must be registered for Selective Service (males born after
- Must be available to work various shifts and overtime, as
- Mandatory travel for training and occasional travel may be
The qualification requirements listed above must be met at the
time of application submission.
Veterans' Preference: TSA will provide employment preference to
eligible veterans by applying veterans' preference as defined in
the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (PL 107-71) and to
those eligible under the provisions of Title 5, United States Code
(USC), Section 2108. Learn more about TSA's commitment to providing
employment opportunities for qualified, eligible veterans.
Selective Service Registration Requirement: TSA policy requires
verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants
born after 12/31/59. To find out if you initially meet the
Selective Service registration requirement for TSA employment,
please Click Here.
Credit: Applicants must not have delinquent Federal or State
taxes, or past due child support payments.
E-Verify: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to
confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the
United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
- Residency Requirement: To ensure adequate background
investigative coverage, applicants are required to have resided
within the United States for three of the last five years
immediately prior to applying for this position. For those
applicants who do not meet this residency requirement, an exception
may be granted under the following circumstances - (1) applicant
worked for U.S. Government in foreign countries in federal civilian
or military capacities; (2) applicant was or is a dependent
accompanying a federal civilian or military employee serving in
foreign countries; (3) applicant who studied abroad at a U.S.
affiliated college or university; or (4) applicant who has a
current and adequate federal background investigation completed for
a federal or Government contractor position.
Applicants must meet these qualifications in order to be further
evaluated in the TSO hiring process:
- Have a high school diploma, General Educational Development
(GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or Test Assessing
Secondary Completion (TASC) credential OR at least one year of
full-time work experience in the security industry, aviation
screening, or as an X-ray technician
- Be proficient in the English language (i.e., able to read,
write, speak, and comprehend)
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience):
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace
Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and
skills and can provide valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.