Transportation security screeners conduct screening of passengers, baggage, or cargo to ensure compliance with transportation security regulations. They may operate basic security equipment such as x-ray machines and hand wands at screening checkpoints.
The transportation security screeners ensure the safety and security of passengers by monitoring, inspecting and searching passengers and their bags, using x-ray machines, wands and gloved pat-downs. They check boarding passes and identification, identify and screen suspicious bags and confiscate prohibited items.
An airport screener interacts with passengers, ensuring that their documents are in order. They operate screening equipment, keeping an eye out for suspicious packages or people. A transportation security screener's jobs include asking passengers to remove shoes, empty pockets or remove certain items from bags. They exercise caution when handling suspicious bags, call for backup and follow the instructions of security teams or law enforcement agencies.
In this job, one gets to meet all kinds of people every day.
The job of an airport screener and transportation security screener salary requires a candidate to have a high school diploma or equivalent and possess basic computer skills. Transportation security screeners need to be able to stand for an entire shift and operate a wand in a full range of motion. Airport screeners need skills including awareness about public safety issues, situational awareness, consistent and attentive surveillance, customer serviceability, social perceptiveness, critical thinking, strong communication, good judgment and a friendly demeanour, acting with courtesy and respect, even when dealing with irate passengers or other stressful situations.
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