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Airport Baggage Handler Job Description

An airport baggage handler is a person who loads and unloads baggage and cargo to and from aircraft. Airport baggage handlers work on arriving and departing aircrafts, and are responsible for the efficient, timely, safe and secure loading and unloading of baggage and freight. Airport baggage handlers are also known as aircraft loaders, baggage and air cargo handlers, baggage and ramp handlers, ramp agents or fleet service agents.

An airport baggage handler should be polite, observant, adaptable, careful, and safety-conscious, and have the ability to work quickly. They should be physically strong and healthy to cope with the physical demands of their job. They should also have basic understanding of mechanical systems to work with conveyors and lifting equipment.

What does an Airport Baggage Handler do?

Airport baggage handlers may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Airport baggage handlers usually work shifts including evenings, late nights, weekends, and public holidays. They work indoors in airport terminal buildings and cargo warehouses, and outdoors as well. They may work in confined spaces, in all weather conditions, in noisy environments, and in environments that contain engine fumes. Their work may require them to bend and stand for long periods, as well as to push and lift heavy objects.

What is Required to Become an Airport Baggage Handler?

There are no formal educational requirements to become an airport baggage handler, but employers will prefer to hire candidates with a secondary school education. Candidates may be subjected to medical tests and background checks before they are employed. Airport baggage handlers receive on the job training.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Airport baggage handlers need to have:


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