TSA hopes to fill 50 jobs during weekend recruiting event at Charlotte Douglas

CHARLOTTE — The Transportation Security Administration is hiring people to work at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The TSA has been short officers, leading to long lines and delays at security checkpoints. TSA officials Channel 9 spoke with said turnout for Friday’s hiring event has been really good.

The agency is looking to hire 50 officers to work at Charlotte Douglas and about 15 for Asheville’s airport.

Officials said they anticipate being able to hire that many new workers between Friday and Saturday. It’s part of a larger goal across the country by the TSA to hire thousands of employees as travel picks back up.

If you’ve been to the airport recently, you’ve likely experienced crowds of people -- many traveling for the first time in over a year.

Hiring more TSA employees means more security lines can be opened up, and hopefully travelers will see some relief.

The hiring event is somewhat all-inclusive -- applicants can show up, fill out the application, watch a presentation about the role, take a computer-based test, and then go through the in-person interview -- potentially leaving with a job offer.

Starting pay at Charlotte Douglas is $16.72 an hour, with opportunities for pay increases after six months. And the TSA is offering a sign-on bonus of up to $1,000 to eligible new hires.

The event runs until 3 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Hilton Charlotte Airport.

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