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Become A Baggage Handler

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Working As A Baggage Handler

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $28,228

    Average Salary

What Does A Baggage Handler Do At Delta Air Lines, Inc.

* 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

What Does A Baggage Handler Do At Command Security Corporation

* Assist airlines and passengers at ticket counter to handle luggage.
* May be assigned to incoming baggage area.
* Places luggage on or removes luggage from conveyor belt.
* May transport passenger luggage through additional means such as carts or hand trucks.
* Essential Functions:
* Assists passengers with their luggage at the ticket counter.
* Places luggage on conveyor belts to assist ticketing agent in preparation for screening of luggage
* Handles oversized luggage.
* Transport oversized luggage to appropriate conveyor belt or pick up area.
* Removes incoming, oversized luggage from conveyor belt.
* Assist passengers with oversized luggage handling
* Reports any required maintenance or needed repairs to Manager
* Follow all safety rules.
* Observes and reports any unsafe or hazardous conditions immediately to their manager or proper authority
* May be requested to perform other duties as assigned based on Manager’s needs or airline activity.
* Duties and Responsibilities:
* Uses proper body mechanics while performing duties
* Remain alert and aware of the surroundings.
* Demonstrates ability to work with others and interact appropriately
* Able to think clearly during crisis or high-stress periods
* Possess empathetic abilities in dealing with passengers and their needs
* Maintains communication with other agents and managers.
* Relates information regarding events or situations that may effect operations

What Does A Baggage Handler Do At Siemens

Safely clear bag jams if and when they occur

What Does A Baggage Handler Do At Worldwide Flight Services, Inc.

Ramp Agents loads and unloads cargo/baggage Operates Ground Service Equipment and other duties Job

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How To Become A Baggage Handler

Formal education is not usually required to become a hand laborer or material mover. Employers typically require only that applicants be physically able to perform the work.


There are no formal education requirements to become a hand laborer or material mover.


Most positions for hand laborers and material movers require less than 1 month of on-the-job training. Some workers need only a few days of training, and most training is done by a supervisor or a more experienced worker who decides when trainees are ready to work on their own.

Workers learn safety rules as part of their training. Many of these rules are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Refuse and recyclable material collectors who drive trucks that exceed a certain capacity—such as vehicles with the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds—must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires passing written, skill, and vision tests.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Hand laborers and material movers who work with the public, such as grocery baggers or car wash attendants, must be pleasant and courteous to customers.

Hand–eye coordination. Most hand laborers and material movers use their arms and hands to manipulate objects or move objects into specific positions.

Listening skills. Hand laborers and material movers follow instructions that a supervisor gives them.

Physical stamina. Hand laborers and material movers need the endurance to perform strenuous tasks, such as moving or cleaning objects, throughout the day.

Physical strength. Some workers must be able to lift and carry heavy objects.

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Baggage Handler Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Urdu

  • Filipino

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Igbo

  • Hebrew

  • Japanese

  • Dakota

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

  • Hmong

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Top Baggage Handler Skills

  1. Aircraft Cargo
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Directed ground crews in the loading, unloading, securing, or staging of aircraft cargo or baggage.
  • Implemented airfield safety procedures to ensure a safe operating environment for personnel and aircraft operation.
  • Maintained exceptional customer service; conversed with customers to learn special handling requirements of baggage.
  • Unload Aircraft Cargo (various size of aircraft/cargo and each with different procedures)
  • Help incoming airline passengers with luggage and aid handicapped/wheelchair passengers.

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