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How to Become an Airport Security Screener

How to Become An Airport Security Screener

Considering a career as an airport security screener? We’re sure you’ll find it personally and professionally fulfilling. You’ll have the opportunity to help keep travelers and your country safe while earning a competitive income.

Wondering if working as an airport security screener (TSO) is for you?

You’ll be responsible for conducting the screening of passengers, baggage, or cargo – that means you’ll need to be able to lift up to 70 pounds – sometimes all day. It can be quite a workout. And you’ll have to do it all with a smile on your face. As a TSO, you’ll set the tone for travelers – they’ll take their behavior cues from you.

Your job is to ensure compliance with all Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. To accomplish this objective, you may be required to operate basic security equipment such as x-ray machines or hand wands.

Strong communication skills are essential in this position, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. You’ll be working with the public, so you must be comfortable working with people. The ideal TSO will speak with authority, but still, be polite and reassuring.

Airports are busy, noisy places. People are stressed, excited, and pressed for time. You must be able to maintain focus and project calm no matter what is going on around you. The ability to keep a cool head and make smart decisions is essential — even in crisis situations.

Applicants must be at least 18, and a United States citizen. You must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent as well as a valid Driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to be capable of passing extensive pre-employment testing, including a drug and medical screening and a background investigation, including a criminal check/fingerprinting and a credit check.

Expect to work when airports are busy, including very early mornings, weekends, and holidays. If you’d like to learn more about what it’s like to be an airport security screener, read our previous blogs about airport security jobs.

If you’d like to be considered for a job helping keep the nation’s airports safe, contact us about joining our team of Transportation Security Officers.


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