NEW U.S. AGENCY TO HIRE SECURITY SCREENERS FOR PAGO PAGO INTERNATIONAL

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (August 4, 2002 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---Passenger screening areas at American Samoa’s Pago Pago International Airport will soon be staffed by federal government employees.

Currently security screening of passengers is conducted by the airlines along with the presence of an airport security officer.

America's Transportation Security Administration said it is now accepting job applications for security screeners for 42 more American airports, including Pago Pago.

The administration’s establishment followed the terrorist attacks with hijacked planes against the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. It is part of the major changes in the operation of U.S. airlines and airports implemented after September 11.

The salary of a transportation security screener ranges from US$ 23,600 to US$ 35,400 depending upon experience and the locality, according to the administration.

Security screeners also receive federal benefits including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, paid vacation and sick leave.

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