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Due to the increase in travel, TSA is expected to have staffing shortages across 131 airports in the US. A spokesperson for TSA states that the agency is looking to hire 6,000 new officers, but they have only added about half that so far.
As a result, TSA is offering $1,000 bonuses for new officers that accept employment. The spokesperson stated, “TSA is experiencing an increase in passenger volumes at checkpoints, and anticipating a significant summer surge in travel. We have been averaging over 5,000 Transportation Security Officer applications per week.”