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Working As A Baggage Handler

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Baggage Handler Do At Delta Air Lines

* As a Baggage Handler/Ramp Operator, you are required to safely lift, load, unload, and transport baggage, mail, and cargo to and from aircraft, in addition to being responsible for on-time connections by guiding incoming and departing aircrafts from the gate positions.
* In addition, it is important to safeguard cargo, baggage and mail from damage, loss, and weather.
* Additional duties include safely driving and operating ground equipment such as tugs, belt loaders, and tow tractors in areas of congestion.
* Baggage Handlers/Ramp Operators are required to safely operate sophisticated machinery, work comfortably in extremely loud environment and work at height, in addition to several other strenuous, repetitive lifting tasks that will involve placing baggage in aircraft bins and on transport carts.
* Tasks require use of computers to read, enter information, and operate baggage scanners as well as assist with record keeping and documentation to ensure baggage and cargo are routed correctly to the passenger's destination.
* You could also work in the bag room which requires repeatedly lifting and loading baggage onto carts and ensuring each bag reaches its destination.
* Don't forget that Delta employees practice and advocate engaging in safety-conscious behaviors during all activities.
* It is required to understand the importance of safety and have the ability to be constantly alert in an always changing work environment
* OTHER ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES - PHYSICAL WORK CONDITIONSYou will work primarily outdoors in elements such as extreme heat, cold, rain, ice, wind, and snow.
* This job requires frequently lifting bags or items weighing up to 50 pounds.
* This job also requires occasionally lifting bags or items weighing between 50 and 70 pounds.
* Work tasks include bending, stooping and twisting, standing, and walking.
* Work tasks are repetitive such as loading and stacking bags in addition to working in confined spaces and on knees for an extended period of time in the aircraft bins
* As a Delta Air Lines Baggage Handler/Ramp Operator, you will work between 150 and 1,400 hours per year.
* If you think you have what it takes to work diligently in dynamic and engaging work environment while positively adapting to quick changes, then we would love to welcome you to the Delta team.
* It is important to be a flexible team player while successfully managing your time, being attentive to your surroundings, and making quality decisions and solving problems while maintaining safety.
* You will have the opportunity to perform various tasks and demonstrate your passion for customer service, and let's not forget about our"uplifting"flight privileges! Many employees have used this entry level for other opportunities at Delta.
* Practices safety conscious behaviors in all operational processes and procedures
* To qualify for this position, you must: Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent Have a valid driver's license Be at least 18 years of age Pass an extensive post offer pre-employment background check, including finger printing and a criminal history record check required by federal law Pass a post offer pre-employment drug test Frequently lift bags or items weighing up to and including 50 pounds.
* Occasionally lift bags or items weighing between 50 and 70 pounds.
* Pass a physical agility test Be authorized to work in the US Possess basic computer skills Have strong verbal communication skills Be willing to work a fixed and/or rotating schedule including afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays Associated topics: dock, dockworker, forklift operator, fulfillment, handler, lake, material handler, operator night, packer

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Baggage Handler Demographics

Gender

Male

67.5%

Female

17.0%

Unknown

15.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

13.5%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.2%

French

8.4%

Polish

4.2%

Portuguese

3.2%

Hindi

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Urdu

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Bulgarian

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Samoan

1.1%

Igbo

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Italian

1.1%
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Baggage Handler Education

Schools

Essex County College

12.0%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Valencia College

7.4%

The Academy

6.9%

Georgia State University

6.0%

Atlanta Technical College

5.5%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

5.5%

Georgia Perimeter College

5.5%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

5.1%

College of Southern Nevada

4.6%

Texas Southern University

4.1%

Nassau Community College

3.7%

Clayton State University

3.7%

Atlanta Metropolitan State College

3.7%

Highline Community College

3.2%

University of the District of Columbia

3.2%

Columbia College Chicago

2.8%

York College

2.8%

LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York

2.8%

Houston Community College

2.8%
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Majors

Business

21.4%

Criminal Justice

12.3%

Computer Science

6.4%

Liberal Arts

5.3%

General Studies

5.1%

Communication

4.5%

Nursing

4.4%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Medical Assisting Services

4.3%

Psychology

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Aviation

3.2%

Accounting

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Hospitality Management

2.7%

Information Technology

2.5%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

45.4%

Bachelors

22.4%

Associate

16.4%

Certificate

8.4%

Diploma

4.2%

Masters

1.9%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Baggage Handler

  1. Service Aircraft
  2. Transport Passengers
  3. Customer Baggage
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  • Service aircraft water tanks to ensure there is enough drinking water on the plane.
  • Transport passengers to immigration then take them to claim their luggage.
  • Protected customer baggage, cargo and other items from theft, loss or damage.
  • Establish customer service relationship while providing a high level of customer focus that would ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Followed established safety procedures and maintained workplace safety.

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