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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.

    Skills

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 44160/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.23/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 800
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80

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    Personality

    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

    Tools

    • X ray radiography examination equipment
    • Weapon or explosives detectors and supplies
    • Two way radios
    • Metal detectors
    • Chemical test strips or papers

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