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Can I Get An Airport Job With a Criminal Record?

July 11, 2017

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  • Recently, we’ve harped on traveling with a criminal record, and why an expungement can benefit your life in this area. Everything from security lines, to visiting foreign countries, traveling is a way of life for many people. For other individuals, they are accustomed to working in the travel industry, most notably at airports. If you’re a fan of aviation, you might think that these people might have some of the coolest jobs getting to work around giant airplanes. So, if you happen to be an individual who wants an airport job, but has a criminal record, can you get one of these positions? The blunt answer: it depends.

    The Pre-Employment Background Check

    Prior to being employed by any airport, candidates will need to submit to a rigorous background check. Due in large part to recent terrorist threats and attacks on airports globally, background checks and screenings have inserted details down to the wire to ensure that the individual applying for the job is trustworthy and capable of performing the tasks that are asked of the job. If you have been found guilty of a conviction within the last seven years, you will be disqualified from moving forward in the application process. Applicants should also be aware that their rights to privacy may be difficult to maintain, as government agencies such as the FBI may be given access to your background. Certain crimes, such as murder, treason, espionage, and racketeering would prohibit any potential candidate from landing a job at an airport. These are especially true for the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA.

    The positions that applicants can apply for include stocking airplanes with food, loading baggage and directing runway traffic with lighted-pylons. These positions may be slightly lenient on applicants with a small mark on their record. However, other positions such as fueling planes and operating machinery or driving vehicles on the runway will be more strict on qualifications and backgrounds. (Source: You-Can-Learn-Basic-Employee-Rights.com)

    How to Better Your Chances of Landing an Airport Position

    Your best chances of moving forward in the application process of an airport job would be to expunge your criminal record. If you are eligible for an expungement, and you end up obtaining one, you will likely be able to legally tell airports and security administrations that you have never been convicted of a crime. This will give you more confidence and focus heading into your application process, giving you an edge over other applicants. Granted, every state has different expungement and record seal laws, so be sure to consult the ones most relevant to you.

    The expungement process can be long and complex, so it is best to do research ahead of time before you do anything else. It is also best to consult with a trusted attorney so that you can be sure you’re taking the right steps throughout your case. To learn more, contact our team of experienced attorneys at 844-947-3732.

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