What do Transportation Security Screeners do?
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.
- Challenge suspicious people, requesting their badges and asking what their business is in a particular areas.
- Follow those who breach security until police or other security personnel arrive to apprehend them.
- Monitor passenger flow through screening checkpoints to ensure order and efficiency.
- Close entry areas following security breaches or reopen areas after receiving notification that the airport is secure.
- Record information about any baggage that sets off alarms in monitoring equipment.
- Locate suspicious bags pictured in printouts sent from remote monitoring areas, and set these bags aside for inspection.
- Contact police directly in cases of urgent security issues, using phones or two-way radios.
- Test baggage for any explosive materials, using equipment such as explosive detection machines or chemical swab systems.
- Inform other screeners when baggage should not be opened because it might contain explosives.
- 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.
- Inform passengers of how to mail prohibited items to themselves, or confiscate these items.
- Send checked baggage through automated screening machines, and set bags aside for searching or rescreening as indicated by equipment.
- 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.
- Contact leads or supervisors to discuss objects of concern that are not on prohibited object lists.
- Inspect checked baggage for signs of tampering.
- Ask passengers to remove shoes and divest themselves of metal objects prior to walking through metal detectors.
- Decide whether baggage that triggers alarms should be searched or should be allowed to pass through.
- Notify supervisors or other appropriate personnel when security breaches occur.
- View images of checked bags and cargo, using remote screening equipment, and alert baggage screeners or handlers to any possible problems.
- Direct passengers to areas where they can pick up their baggage after screening is complete.
- Patrol work areas to detect any suspicious items.
- Inspect carry-on items, using x-ray viewing equipment, to determine whether items contain objects that warrant further investigation.
- Confiscate dangerous items and hazardous materials found in opened bags and turn them over to airlines for disposal.
- Watch for potentially dangerous persons whose pictures are posted at checkpoints.
- Search carry-on or checked baggage by hand when it is suspected to contain prohibited items such as weapons.
- Provide directions and respond to passenger inquiries.
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