Despite government shutdown, TSA holds hiring event

January 19, 2019 06:29 PM

Despite the government shutdown, the Transportation Security Administration is not letting that stop them from looking for employees. 

The TSA held a hiring event for both part-time and full-time employees Saturday. 


Paycheck or not, hundreds of TSA candidates showed up for a fast-track hiring event in the middle of the longest government shutdown in history.

"I know it's on furlough right now, but I like the job. If it's something you like to do, that won't be a problem," said candidate Christina Mua.

"If you put aside everything else that's going on, extracurricular in our society right now, we have a mission and the mission is to protect the homeland," said David McMahon, TSA's Deputy Security Director of Minnesota. 

TSA officials say they are looking for at least 40 employees. The event was planned before the shutdown.

"They came here knowing that we are working without pay right now and they are capitalizing on the aspect of what the mission is about," McMahon said.

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TSA officials say at least two employees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have quit in the past month.

"They financially could not continue, and they went out and sought another job," said McMahon.

In the meantime, TSA agents say they are getting a taste of kindness.

"We have passengers that come through the airport every single day that are dropping off gift cards just in the mirror essence of saying thank you for being here... goes a long way with our officers," McMahon said.

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