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TSA Hires Security Screening Officers to Work at Pago Pago International Airport

TAFUNA, American Samoa – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is recruiting Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) to work at Pago Pago International Airport (PPG) in American Samoa. There are currently three positions available and the starting salary is $21.13 per hour.

As an added incentive, the TSA offers newly hired TSOs $500 at the start of the agency and $500 after one year of service with the TSA.

“TSA is actively recruiting individuals to join our local team of security professionals at Pago Pago International Airport. This is a great opportunity to join the federal government and start a rewarding career,” said TSA Acting Director of Federal Security for PPG Scot Thaxton. “TSA offers competitive compensation, exceptional benefits, flexible work hours and the opportunity to pursue rewarding careers while protecting the nation’s transportation system. Please consider joining our team.

The TSA will be participating in the Federal Tracks Open House on Wednesday, August 10 at the National Weather Service Compound in Tafuna. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the open house, those interested will be able to meet current TSA employees, learn more about applying to become a TSO and the steps to take to get hired.

In order to be considered for employment, applicants will need to pass a medical evaluation, federal drug screening, and pre-employment investigation. Applicants must be 18 or older, be US citizens or nationals, and have at least a high school diploma or GED.

PPG TSOs are federal employees. Benefits include paid training, annual and sick leave, comprehensive health care plans for full-time and part-time employees, and a generous 401k retirement plan. BSFs are also eligible for up to $5,000 per year in college tuition reimbursement. The TSA does not distribute pro-rated benefits for part-time workers, and veteran preference is not required to join the agency.

TSA agents screen hundreds of air travelers every week, ensuring they arrive at their destination safely. Candidates do not need previous experience in security or law enforcement.

After six months, TSOs are eligible for pay raises and those working early mornings, evenings and Sundays receive a shift bonus. Overtime opportunities, paid at time and a half, are frequently available.

The TSA is committed to a diverse, fair, and inclusive work environment and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply. For more information on the duties of a TSA agent and to learn a bit more about the TSA’s mission, a video titled “A Day in the Life of a TSO” is available. To view open positions for TSA officers nationwide, visit


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