How to become an Aviation Transport Protection Officer

Aviation transport protection officers carry out security screening procedures relevant to aviation passengers/Non-passengers and/or checked baggage. They may also conduct control room functions, and assist passengers with security screening procedures.

Personal requirements for an Aviation Transport Protection Officer

  • Good hearing and eyesight (may be corrected)
  • Display alertness, attention to detail and common sense
  • Responsible and trustworthy
  • Good communication and negotiation skills
  • Assertive with good interpersonal skills.

Duties & Tasks of an Aviation Transport Protection Officer

Aviation transport protection officers may perform the following tasks:

  • Search aircraft, vehicles, premises and people
  • Checking documents and goods to detect illegal activities such as undocumented cargo, prohibited goods and illegal aliens
  • Control access to and exit from an airside security zone or landside security zone at an airport
  • Screen articles by interpreting X-ray images
  • Undertake emergency response action to a security threat
  • Monitor computer alarm systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems and communicate by radio using mobile units to respond to alarms
  • Watch for irregularities and report incidents to the appropriate authority.

Working conditions for an Aviation Transport Protection Officer

Aviation Transport Protection Officers work at major and regional airports and provide security services in the form of screening passengers and cargo for domestic and international flights and have a high level of contact with arriving and departing passengers and their luggage. They are likely to do shiftwork and may work nights, weekends and public holidays.


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