RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — If you want to learn what it takes to work as a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) at Richmond International Airport, representatives from the Transportation Security Administration will be staffing a recruitment table at the Mechanicsville Public Library next week to speak about the requirements and duties.

TSA staffers will be available at the information table from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at the library, located at 7461 Sherwood Crossing Place in Mechanicsville, to meet with interested applicants.

Transportation Security Administration officers process passengers at a security screening area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash., on May 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

There are currently part-time and full-time TSO openings at Richmond International Airport with a starting salary of $17.55 per hour, according to a TSA press release. The federal agency is offering a $1,000 hiring bonus to be paid upon starting and then at the staffer’s one-year anniversary. Benefits for part-time and full-time employees include paid training, annual and sick leave and health care plans.

According to the TSA federal jobs page, typically a TSO’s responsibilities include:

  • Operating various screening equipment and technology to identify dangerous objects in baggage, cargo and/or on passengers, and preventing those objects from being transported onto aircraft
  • Performing searches and screening, which may include physical interaction with passengers (e.g., pat-downs, property searches) conducting bag searches and lifting/carrying bags, bins and property weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Controlling terminal entry and exit points
  • Interacting with the public, giving directions and responding to inquiries

TSA expects to screen a greater volume of travelers regularly this summer and needs additional officers to support its security mission.

To view and apply for open positions for TSA officers around the country, visit