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October 2023 Employee of the Month: TSA officer’s watchful eyes catch a light-headed traveler

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer Desiree Brown was scanning her security checkpoint recently with a watchful eye – as she is known to do on a regular basis - when she noticed a passenger in the queue who seemed to not be feeling well. When Brown approached the passenger, she said she felt lightheaded and needed to sit down for a moment.

Brown quickly moved the passenger to a secluded area, helped her sit down, made a makeshift fan out of some TSA Precheck cards nearby, and began to fan the passenger. After the passenger felt better and was able to stand, Brown escorted the passenger to her gate. After having a brief conversation with the passenger, Brown realized the passenger had not eaten in a long time and had no money to purchase even a bottle of water. With the passenger’s permission, Brown walked the passenger to La Carreta to buy her some breakfast, since the passenger’s flight was not departing for another five hours.

This is what going above and beyond looks like and I want to express my gratitude for her exceptional service. Her dedication, professionalism, and compassionate approach made a positive difference in someone’s life today, and I want to thank her for her outstanding work.

Latoya Jordan, Brown’s supervisor

Because of Brown’s keen awareness and compassionate customer service, she was named MIA’s October 2023 Employee of the Month.


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