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Transportation Security Screeners

Conduct screening of passengers, baggage, or cargo to ensure compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. May operate basic security equipment such as x-ray machines and hand wands at screening checkpoints.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Inspect carry-on items, using x-ray viewing equipment, to determine whether items contain objects that warrant further investigation.
    • Search carry-on or checked baggage by hand when it is suspected to contain prohibited items such as weapons.
    • View images of checked bags and cargo, using remote screening equipment, and alert baggage screeners or handlers to any possible problems.
    • Check passengers' tickets to ensure that they are valid, and to determine whether passengers have designations that require special handling, such as providing photo identification.
    • Test baggage for any explosive materials, using equipment such as explosive detection machines or chemical swab systems.
    • Perform pat-down or hand-held wand searches of passengers who have triggered machine alarms, who are unable to pass through metal detectors, or who have been randomly identified for such searches.
    • Notify supervisors or other appropriate personnel when security breaches occur.
    • Send checked baggage through automated screening machines, and set bags aside for searching or rescreening as indicated by equipment.
    • Decide whether baggage that triggers alarms should be searched or should be allowed to pass through.
    • Locate suspicious bags pictured in printouts sent from remote monitoring areas, and set these bags aside for inspection.
    • Follow those who breach security until police or other security personnel arrive to apprehend them.
    • Inform other screeners when baggage should not be opened because it might contain explosives.
    • Inspect checked baggage for signs of tampering.
    • Ask passengers to remove shoes and divest themselves of metal objects prior to walking through metal detectors.
    • Close entry areas following security breaches or reopen areas after receiving notification that the airport is secure.
    • Challenge suspicious people, requesting their badges and asking what their business is in a particular areas.
    • Patrol work areas to detect any suspicious items.
    • Contact police directly in cases of urgent security issues, using phones or two-way radios.
    • Record information about any baggage that sets off alarms in monitoring equipment.
    • Watch for potentially dangerous persons whose pictures are posted at checkpoints.
    • Contact leads or supervisors to discuss objects of concern that are not on prohibited object lists.
    • Confiscate dangerous items and hazardous materials found in opened bags and turn them over to airlines for disposal.
    • Monitor passenger flow through screening checkpoints to ensure order and efficiency.
    • Inform passengers of how to mail prohibited items to themselves, or confiscate these items.
    • Provide directions and respond to passenger inquiries.
    • Direct passengers to areas where they can pick up their baggage after screening is complete.


    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Selective Attention

      The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.


    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.23/hr
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    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility


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