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Syracuse airport offering $1K bonus for new TSA employees

A TSA employee sits behind a conveyor belt as luggage moves through an X-ray.
Lisa Farbstein
TSA employee runs luggage through a security checkpoint at an airport.

As the holiday season begins, the Syracuse Hancock Airport Transportation Security Administration is looking to bring on new employees with a $1,000 hiring bonus incentive.

The administration that ensures the safety of air travelers will hold recruitment events this month and next to hire enough workers for the holiday travel season. If hired, the employee will receive paid training, then $500 when they start and another $500 at their one-year anniversary.

“The TSA was created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and by joining the TSA, individuals will be on the front line of protecting the travelling public and will also be part of our national security enterprise,” said Bart R. Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airports in Upstate New York. “This is a career that is very rewarding. Opportunities for professional growth are endless, and you will be performing a vital role in the protection of our country.”

In-person sessions are on Wednesday and Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the airport. The event will be at the airline check-in level, to the left of the escalators. There will also be a virtual fair on Dec. 6. No prior security or TSA experience is needed to apply.

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