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Archive for April 30th, 2020

TSA Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 5, with 500 Confirmed Cases Across 61 Airports

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A TSA officer at Newark Liberty International Airport has become the fifth employee of the agency to die from the coronavirus.

Mark Barisonek, who worked for the TSA for 16 years, died Tuesday.

The number of TSA employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached 500 on Wednesday. The employees include screeners and non-screeners at 61 airports nationwide.

So far, 208 TSA workers have recovered.

John F. Kennedy International got hit the hardest, with 105 employees, including 98 screening officers, testing positive for COVID-19.

At Newark Liberty International, 56 TSA workers, including 47 screening officers, have tested positive. LeGuardia reported 32 employees, including 29 screening officers, have confirmed cases.

Other airports with at least 15 positive cases are Logan International, Denver International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Miami International, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International and Chicago O’Hare.

TSA employees, especially screeners, are vulnerable to COVID-19 infections because they have a lot of contact with travelers.

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Michael H. Schneider Named Special Agent in Charge of Denver Field Office.

FBI’s Denver Field Office, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Michael H. Schneider has been tapped to serve as the special agent in charge of the Denver Field Office.

Most recently, Scheinder was serving as a deputy assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG).

Schneider joined the FBI in 2004, working at the Bedford Resident Agency in New Hampshire under the Boston Field Office, where he investigated crimes and led a Safe Streets Gang Task Force.

In 2009, Scheider was promoted to supervisory special agent in the International Terrorism Operations Section at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. In 2011, he led the counterterrorism program and Joint Terrorism Task Force at the St. Louis Field Office.

In 2014, Schneider became assistant special agent in charge of the National Security Branch of the St. Louis Field Office, overseeing counterterrorism, counterintelligence, intelligence, and cyber programs. He also led the field office’s response to the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, whose death prompted Black Lives Matter protests across the country.

In 2017, Schneider was tapped to serve as chief of the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Section of CIRG. He also served as the U.S. government’s on-scene commander for the Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

In 2018, he was promoted to deputy assistant director of CIRG.

Schneider earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Indiana University School of Business. Before joining the FBI, he worked in corporate finance and investment banking.