Transportation Security Screeners
On the Job
Transportation Security Screeners screen passengers, baggage, or cargo to make sure all are in compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules. They may operate security equipment, such as x-ray machines.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Block physical access to restricted areas.
- Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel.
- Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items.
- Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas.
- Request emergency personnel.
- Search individuals for illegal or dangerous items.
- Determine operational procedures.
- Locate suspicious objects or vehicles.
- Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments.
- Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
- Working with a group or team.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Serious consequences if mistakes are made.
- Exposure to radiation.
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