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The TSA wants to hire 6,000 new airport security officers by the summer

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents wear face masks as they ride an escalator during the Covid-19 pandemic at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on February 4, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

The Transportation Security Administration is working to hire more than 6,000 airport security screening officers ahead of the traditionally busy summer travel season.

(CNN) — The Transportation Security Administration is working to hire more than 6,000 airport security screening officers ahead of the traditionally busy summer travel season.

The agency said in a news release that it was expecting a seasonal increase in the number of air travelers in the coming months and that more people will be flying as Covid-19 vaccinations become more widespread.

The TSA hopes to fill transportation security officers (TSOs) positions at about 430 airports around the United States by this summer, according to the release. "TSOs are a critical first line defense in securing our nation's commercial air transportation system," said Melanie Harvey, acting executive assistant administrator for TSA's Security Operations in the statement.

We expect to screen a higher number of travelers regularly by the summer months and will need additional officers to support our critical mission. "

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