No worker reductions for TSA despite fewer fliers

January 14, 2009
Homeland Security News, Travel Safety
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Fewer domestic passengers left the nation’s airports through the first seven months of 2008, with fewer flights filling the friendly skies.

But while a bleak economic outlook may not perk up those numbers in the short term, the federal guardian of the gates says it has no intentions of trimming its workforce in this region of the country any time soon.

“There are no plans for reducing our staff,” said Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman in the Miami office of the Transportation Security Administration, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Koshetz said TSA employs about 50,000 — including about 45,000 officers — with responsibilities that range from patrol and control over transportation access to training programs and grant supervision. (USA Today)