Jul 16 2002


Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Transportation Appropriations, joined the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in announcing several job opportunities at four Alabama airports. The TSA is accepting job applications for federal security screeners at the following Alabama airports: Dothan-Houston County Airport, in Dothan; Huntsville-Madison County Airport, in Huntsville; Birmingham International, in Birmingham; and Montgomery Regional Airport, in Montgomery.

Transportation security screener duties include providing front line security and protection of travelers, airports and airplanes by identifying dangerous objects in baggage and on passengers. They also are responsible for preventing those objects from being transported onto aircrafts by utilizing diverse, cutting edge electronic detection and imaging equipment in a courteous professional manner.

The salary of a transportation security screener ranges from $23,600 to $35,400 depending upon experience, plus locality pay. In addition, security screeners receive federal benefits including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, paid vacation and sick leave. All candidates must meet minimum requirements: being U.S. citizens and having a high school diploma, a GED or equivalent, or one year of security or aviation security experience. Full and part time positions are available.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce these job opportunities open to Alabamians. As we move forward in restructuring airport security around the nation, it is vital that we find qualified men and women to assist in the protection of air travelers. I would urge all those interested in these openings to contact the Transportation Security Administration."

The Aviation and Transportation Security Act mandates that TSA recruit, hire and train screening personnel to assume passenger-screening responsibilities at the nation’s 429 commercial airports by November 19, 2002. Interested candidates can apply in one of two ways: On-line at www.tsa.dot.gov, or call toll free 1-877-631-5627.