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September 13, 2007

As air travelers, we can relate to the experience of waiting in lines at airports. We are used to seeing screeners, whose technical titles are Transportation Security Officers (TSO’s). They guide us through the security process and work to keep us safe and secure everyday. Have you ever wanted to speak to Transportation Security Officers, to thank them or tell them you supported them in their mission, but felt unsure if it was appropriate to do so? Now here is your chance.

Families of September 11, in partnership with Transportation Security Administration and The Camilla Group is offering you a unique opportunity to participate in a volunteer speakers program. There will be a speaking event coming up in Birmingham, AL on Wednesday, September 26th. (Please keep in mind that the dates are tentative and may change). We invite you to join us and participate in this program!

The program allows volunteers to speak to TSO’s at their local airport alongside FOS11 Board Member, Carie Lemack. This is your opportunity to get involved in a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of thorough and consistent security checks. You will have the unique opportunity to visit with screeners, express solidarity, empower yourself and share your story. This program will engage volunteers nationwide and will allow you to:

  • Speak to a group of TSO’s at an airport near your hometown, to tell them your story, and express your support and sentiments regarding their work to ensure 9/11 never happens again 
  • Raise public awareness about the importance of aviation security, reminding people that keeping the skies safe is a community effort, not just the work of TSO’s
  • Be an integral part of boosting the effectiveness of aviation security across the nation

Dr. D.M. Gabrielle, family member and FOS11 Advisory Committee member, provides the following account of her experience speaking to TSO’s in Orlando, FL:
“I enjoyed interacting with Carie and FOS11 volunteer [name withheld], and feeling the empathy and appreciation from TSA employees. I felt that our talking to them helped affirm their mission, and helped add a personal connection to the rules that they enforce. Many employees expressed that they entered the force as a reaction to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and that us talking with them reaffirmed why they do what they do.”

If you decide to volunteer, you will work closely with the FOS11 staff. They will assist your preparation for the event and offer talking points and training to help you tell your story. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a volunteer by emailing info@familiesofseptember11.org. Thank you for considering this opportunity – we hope you will volunteer a few hours of your time to make a big difference in the security of an airport near you.

To date, these events have been attended by over 500 TSA personnel in Washington DC, Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, Orlando, FL, and Chicago, IL. Learn more about this program by visiting our website at www.familiesofseptember11.org/tsa.aspx.