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TSA to hold two-day hiring event in DeWitt for officers at Syracuse airport

By Eric Reinhardt (


A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer observes passenger belongings as they pass through an X-ray machine at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in September. The TSA says it’ll hold a two-day recruitment event this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, to hire officers for work at the Syracuse airport. (Photo credit: Transportation Security Administration)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will hold a two-day hiring event on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, for those interested in becoming TSA officers at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Candidates will be able to start the application process during the two-day event, which includes computer-based testing, per a TSA release.

The event is set for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse hotel at 6646 Old Collamer Road South in DeWitt and will continue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days. Free parking is available.

Several TSA officials and officers will be on hand to guide individuals through the application process, conduct interviews, and answer questions about what the job entails.

The agency currently has openings for both full-time and part-time positions with a starting salary of $18.59 per hour, including a 10 percent retention incentive. TSA is recruiting both women and men for these openings, it noted.

TSA offers new employees’ opportunities for pay increases after six months and is currently offering a $1,000 hiring bonus. New hires will receive $500 upon starting and another $500 at their one-year anniversary.

Applicants do not need previous experience working in security or law-enforcement fields. New hires will undergo “extensive” training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and will be paid for their training time.

TSA officers screen thousands of airline travelers daily. The agency says it expects to screen a greater volume of travelers going forward and needs additional officers to support its security mission.


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