Profession airport baggage handler

Airport baggage handlers receive and return the luggage of passengers at airport terminals. They prepare and attach baggage claim checks, stack baggage on carts or conveyors and may return baggage to patrons on receipt of claim check.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Ensure efficient baggage handling

    Achieve efficient processing of baggage using the smallest amount of time, effort, or cost resources possible.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Work in a logistics team

    Ability to work confidently within a logistics team, with each member of the team fulfilling a role designed to increase the efficiency of the whole.

  • Identify airport safety hazards

    Spot threats related to security at the airport and apply procedures to counteract them in a quick, safe, and efficient way.

  • Operate forklift

    Operate a forklift, a vehicle with a pronged device in front for lifting and carrying heavy loads.

  • Follow airport safety procedures

    Comply with airport safety procedures, policies and legislation to ensure a safe working environment for all employees, and to ensure the safety of passengers.

  • Lift heavy weights

    Lift heavy weights and apply ergonomic lifting techniques to avoid damaging the body.

  • Follow ethical code of conduct in transport services

    Carry out transport services according to accepted principles of right and wrong. This includes principles of fairness, transparency, and impartiality.

  • Apply company policies

    Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an organisation.

  • Transfer luggage

    Transfer cargo and luggage to other gates, other airlines, and to passengers in a timely and safe manner.

  • Set up ramps in airports

    Set up ramps in airports and assist in operations related to the storage of baggage and equipment on aircrafts.

  • Maintain counterweight inside modes of transport

    Maintain balance and mass distribution inside the means of transport (vessel, aircraft, train, road vehicles, etc). Ensure that passengers and cargo distribution do not hinder the mobility of the mode of transport.

  • Monitor customer safety on apron

    Monitor passenger safety on apron and ramp area during boarding and deplaning; provide assistance to passengers.

  • Ensure public safety and security

    Implement the relevant procedures, strategies and use the proper equipment to promote local or national security activities for the protection of data, people, institutions, and property.

  • Tolerate stress

    Maintain a temperate mental state and effective performance under pressure or adverse circumstances.

Optional knowledge and skills

use different communication channels time management act reliably ensure customer focus read checked baggage tags

Common job titles

  • Baggage handler/ramp operator (ready reserve)
  • Baggage handler/ ramp operations (ready reserve)- seasonal employment
  • Ramp agent/baggage handler ( part time )
  • Passenger service agent (contracted with american airlines)
  • Ramp agent/baggage handler
  • Ramp agent/baggage handler - p/t - $11/hr
  • Ramp agent/baggage handler/part time
  • Airline service manager (contracted with allegiant airlines)
  • Customer service agent