| Cart The Career Test Store


"Transportation Security Screener"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

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.

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5


Job Duties and Tasks for: "Transportation Security Screener"

1) Inspect checked baggage for signs of tampering.

2) Monitor passenger flow through screening checkpoints to ensure order and efficiency.


3) Notify supervisors or other appropriate personnel when security breaches occur.

4) Record information about any baggage that sets off alarms in monitoring equipment.

5) Ask passengers to remove shoes and divest themselves of metal objects prior to walking through metal detectors.


6) 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.

7) Close entry areas following security breaches or reopen areas after receiving notification that the airport is secure.

8) Confiscate dangerous items and hazardous materials found in opened bags and turn them over to airlines for disposal.

9) Contact police directly in cases of urgent security issues, using phones or two-way radios.

10) Direct passengers to areas where they can pick up their baggage after screening is complete.

11) Inform passengers of how to mail prohibited items to themselves, or confiscate these items.

Is being a "Transportation Security Screener" your very best career choice?

Our Career Interest Test will show you which careers match your interests.

Our Free Personality Test will show you which careers match your personality and why.


12) Contact leads or supervisors to discuss objects of concern that are not on prohibited object lists.

13) Decide whether baggage that triggers alarms should be searched or should be allowed to pass through.

14) Inform other screeners when baggage should not be opened because it might contain explosives.


15) Inspect carry-on items, using x-ray viewing equipment, to determine whether items contain objects that warrant further investigation.

16) Locate suspicious bags pictured in printouts sent from remote monitoring areas, and set these bags aside for inspection.

17) 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.

18) Search carry-on or checked baggage by hand when it is suspected to contain prohibited items such as weapons.

19) Send checked baggage through automated screening machines, and set bags aside for searching or rescreening as indicated by equipment.

20) Test baggage for any explosive materials, using equipment such as explosive detection machines or chemical swab systems.

21) View images of checked bags and cargo, using remote screening equipment, and alert baggage screeners or handlers to any possible problems.

22) Watch for potentially dangerous persons whose pictures are posted at checkpoints.

23) Challenge suspicious people, requesting their badges and asking what their business is in a particular areas.

24) Follow those who breach security until police or other security personnel arrive to apprehend them.

25) Patrol work areas to detect any suspicious items.

26) Provide directions and respond to passenger inquiries.

Job Description for "Transportation Security Screener" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

"Transportation Security Screener"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  NA        SOC:  33-9093.00


Click here for "Transportation Security Screener" Jobs

See the Future Outlook and Educational Requirements for "Transportation Security Screener"


The FREE CareerPlanner
Job & Career Newsletter

6 to 10 characters

Sign Up For Our Free CareerPlanner Newsletter
Hear about the latest in:

- Discovering Your Mission in Life
- Career Planning Tools
- Job Info
- Best Career Advice
- Career Direction
- Personality Type