Airline passenger service assistants ensure that passengers, and their luggage, get on the right flight. They are sometimes called airport information assistants, airline customer service agents or passenger handling agents.
You could be:
greeting passengers and checking their tickets and passports against the passenger list using computerised systems
asking security questions, allocating seats and giving out boarding cards and luggage labels
weighing luggage and charging the passenger extra if the luggage is overweight
directing passengers through security and departures
giving flight information and directing passengers to departure gates
dealing with issues from delayed, cancelled or missed flights
checking boarding passes at the departure gate
escorting people who require assistance and unaccompanied children
making announcements on the public address system.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Salaries are around £18,000 to £20,000 a year. With supervisory or management duties, you may be able to earn £23,000 and above.
You may have to deal with long queues.
You may be based at a desk or moving around the airport.
You will usually have to work shifts, including night shifts.
You would also have to work evenings, weekends and public holidays.
You would have to wear a uniform.
It can be a busy and sometimes stressful environment.
A good general education including ability in English and Maths is useful. Some employers may ask for a group of subjects at National 4 or 5.
You may need to be at least 18 years old, because of shift work regulations.
It may be useful if you can speak a second language.
Previous experience of working with the public can be helpful.
A driving licence is useful and possibly necessary, as public transport might not run during certain shift times.
You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.
Jobs are sometimes advertised on various airline, airport and ground staff handling companies’ websites but are also advertised in Job Centres. There is a lot of competition for jobs. You may be able to get part time or temporary work during busy holiday seasons.