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Transportation Security Screeners
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 20

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: Not Available

Typical Annual Salary: Not Available

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Inspect carry-on items, using x-ray viewing equipment, to determine whether items contain objects that warrant further investigation.
  • Search carry-on or checked baggage by hand when it is suspected to contain prohibited items such as weapons.
  • View images of checked bags and cargo, using remote screening equipment, and alert baggage screeners or handlers to any possible problems.
  • 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.
  • Test baggage for any explosive materials, using equipment such as explosive detection machines or chemical swab systems.
  • 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.
  • Notify supervisors or other appropriate personnel when security breaches occur.
  • Send checked baggage through automated screening machines, and set bags aside for searching or rescreening as indicated by equipment.
  • Decide whether baggage that triggers alarms should be searched or should be allowed to pass through.
  • Locate suspicious bags pictured in printouts sent from remote monitoring areas, and set these bags aside for inspection.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Metal detectors
  • Two way radios
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps
  • Weapon or explosives detectors and supplies
  • X ray radiography examination equipment

Technology:
  • Computer based training software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Internet browser software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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