There’s been a huge hubbub (fueled by home video of children being “mishandled” by staff apparently unaccustomed to working with kids) recently over the new airport security procedures, specifically those involving “pat-downs”. Consequently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun a publicity campaign to assure fliers that the screeners have been thoroughly background checked.
According to the TSA, all persons who are given the authority to “pat down” fliers have to undergo and pass a criminal background check. This includes being fingerprinted and cross-referenced with FBI files.
Disqualification for an airport screening job could include having a felony on one’s record (especially one that relates to a sexual offense), among other crimes for which the would-be employee has been convicted.
Our questions to you are as follows:
What kind of background checks would you want to make sure an airport screener undergoes? And how often do you believe he/she should have to undergo those types of background checks to ensure the safety of fliers?
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