Transportation Security Screeners

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Transportation Security Screeners

Transportation Security Screeners - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, transportation security screeners:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a very high level of social interaction. They question and talk with passengers during their shift.
  • Communicate mostly by in-person discussions or on the telephone.
  • Must deal with unpleasant or rude passengers on a daily basis.
  • Sometimes are placed in conflict situations.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Have limited responsibility for the work done by other agents.
  • Usually work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors. Occasionally work outdoors.
  • Regularly wear safety attire, such as latex gloves and face masks.
  • Are often exposed to loud sounds and noise levels that may be distracting.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to radiation from the x-ray machines used to scan passenger items.
  • Are occasionally exposed to the diseases and infections of passengers.
  • May be exposed to extremely bright or dim light.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and accurate when performing their work. Errors could jeopardize flight safety.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities throughout the day.
  • Must sometimes match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • Most work full time, at least 40 hours a week.
  • May work weekends, nights, or early mornings. Shift work is common, especially when working in airports.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.