Conducts 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.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Inspects carry-on items, using x-ray viewing equipment, to determine whether items contain objects that warrant further investigation.
- Searches carry-on or checked baggage by hand when it is suspected to contain prohibited items such as weapons.
- Checks passengers' tickets to ensure that they are valid, and to determine whether passengers have designations that require special handling, such as providing photo identification.
- Tests baggage for any explosive materials, using equipment such as explosive detection machines or chemical swab systems.
- Performs 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.
- Notifies supervisors or other appropriate personnel when security breaches occur.
- Sends checked baggage through automated screening machines, and sets bags aside for searching or rescreening as indicated by equipment.
- Decides whether baggage that triggers alarms should be searched or should be allowed to pass through.
- Follows those who breach security until police or other security personnel arrive to apprehend them.
- Informs other screeners when baggage should not be opened because it might contain explosives.