Magazine article Talent Development

Airport Training Ready to Take off. (News You Can Use)

Magazine article Talent Development

Airport Training Ready to Take off. (News You Can Use)

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Now boarding: New training for U.S. baggage screeners and flight crews. As we go to press, guidelines drawn up by the new Transportation Security Administration, the biggest U.S. government agency created since World War II, set the flight path for the new training. The guidelines:

* Training for baggage screeners will increase to 40 hours classroom time and 60 hours on-the-job training, up from 12 and 40 hours previously.

* Baggage screeners will receive technical training on metal detectors, X-ray scanners, and bag searching, as well as learn what to report to supervisors or security officers and how to deal with difficult passengers and manage stress.

* Airlines must draw up a pilot and crew training curriculum covering every step from boarding to landing.

* Pilots and flight attendants will be trained to assess dangerous situations and react immediately using every tool at their disposal, including the assistance of passengers.

* Pilots who are properly trained may be authorized to carry guns and use flight maneuvers to counteract terrorists. …

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