Airport baggage handler
Average UK salary range
Currently employed in Scotland
Career outlookJobs in Scotland
UK employment status
You would load people's luggage on and off planes between flights and move it around the airport.
You'd be responsible for making sure that all the suitcases and cargoes are quickly and carefully delivered for so that people can collect them or they are transferred on to the next flight.
You'd make sure that that nothing is lost or broken and that the passengers and planes are safe and secure.
- Collect, sort and check luggage against flight lists, making sure that the right items go on to the right aircraft
- Transfer luggage from the check-in areas to the departure areas
- Use trucks, cargo loaders and conveyor belts to move luggage to and from the aircraft
- Load luggage on to conveyors in the arrivals hall
- Store freight cargoes in warehouses ready for distribution
- Move freight and load it on and off the aircraft
- Clean and de-ice aircraft
- Keep the runways clear of debris and snow in winter
As an experienced handler, you could work as a 'lead ramp hand', lining up aircraft ready for the next flight. You might also train staff on new equipment and procedures.
You'd need some basic mechanical knowledge to work with conveyors and lifting equipment.
- Honesty and reliability
Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.
There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF Level 4/5.
- A driving licence
- To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland
- To be over 18 years of age
You may need to pass a medical check.