Airport security screeners have a highly responsible job- protecting the safety of all crew and passengers who travel via commercial airlines. They have numerous duties including guarding all airport and concourse entries and exits checking that only people with tickets are allowed to enter the concourse and operating equipment such as X-Ray machines or metal detectors to screen for sharp and potentially explosive objects. They are authorized to administer pat downs or question anyone that is suspicious.
Not only do they check passengers but they also check luggage to make sure banned objects and substances do not get onto airplanes. Usually screeners work for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United States government which is an organization that was created after September 11 2001. Airport security screeners can also be employed by private security companies that have oversight from the TSA. Airport security screeners must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. If you are interested in a career in this field please feel free to check out our job banks.
They must be US citizens and pass a rigorous security check on their personal financial and criminal history. In addition they need some previous experience working in a security-related or technical field. They must be in good health be able to stand for long periods of time and be able to deal with the public in a professional manner. Once hired they complete a training program both in the classroom and on-the-job after which they must pass a certification test.
Airport security screeners can work part-time or full-time. Their work shifts may be irregular but this occupation is considered to be essential so they must report to work regardless of bad weather or other emergencies. Salaries for airport security screeners vary by location but they usually start at $29000 to $33000. With experience they can earn annual salaries ranging from $43000 to $51000.