Landing a Job at an Airport When You’ve Got a Record
We’ve written plenty of articles on traveling with a criminal record, and why an expungement can expand your ability to travel. What we haven’t covered until now is working in the air travel industry with a criminal record. So can you get an airport job with a criminal record?
The answer is that it depends.
Getting an airport job with a criminal is harder than if you had a clean record, but it isn’t impossible. In some ways it’s pretty similar to getting a regular job that requires a background check. If you have a criminal record, it’s going to make things more difficult. However, getting hired at an airport, with an airline, or with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) all will typically have more thorough background checks and often more strict rules relating to employment.
There are many different types of jobs at airports, and some are easier to get than others. 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, being a pilot, and driving vehicles on the runway will be more strict.
Pre-Employment Background Checks at Airports
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 have become more rigorous. Background checks for these types of jobs need to ensure that you’re trustworthy and capable, but they also need to ensure the safety of the public and our national security.
Getting a Job at an Airport When You Have a Criminal Record
If you have been found guilty of a conviction within the last seven years, you will almost always be disqualified from employment at an airport. Certain crimes, such as murder, treason, espionage, and terrorism would prevent you from ever getting a job at an airport. That should be obvious, but many other less-serious offenses can also stop you from getting these jobs.
Even jobs in food service at an airport will have more strict background checks than they ordinarily would be. The best approach is to do whatever you can to expunge, seal, vacate, or set-aside your record. These legal processes can sometimes take many months, so allow for plenty of time to be safe. With these types of jobs you need to pay careful attention to the language on the application. If it says to disclosed things that you’ve expunged, make sure to do so. If not, you’re probably safe claiming that you were not convicted of the offense depending on state law.
Getting a Job with an Airline When You Have a Criminal Record
Getting a job with an airline can be more difficult than you think. It obviously depends on the role, but some airlines and jobs are incredibly competitive. Even if they can legally hire you, a record is going to hurt your chances badly. Scoring a job as a stewardess with Delta is currently more difficult than getting into Harvard University. Having a criminal record certainly isn’t going to help your chances!
With these more competitive jobs at airlines it is even more important to do everything to legally clean up your criminal record. Take our free, confidential Eligibility Test to see if you qualify to clean up your criminal record.
Getting a Job with TSA When You Have a Criminal Record
The TSA is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, which can be very strict in it’s hiring as an organization. TSA jobs pay well and can be competitive in tight job markets. They play an important role in preventing terrorism and ensuring safety at our airports. For these reasons, it can be very difficult to get a job with the TSA if you have a criminal record.
When applying for a job with a federal agency like the TSA, they may still be able to see things from your record that have been expunged, sealed, vacated, or set-aside. It is important that you are honest about your record with these types of agencies, even if you’ve expunged your record.
Expunging, sealing, vacating, or setting aside your criminal record will greatly improve your chances of getting a job with TSA. With that said, the TSA is a federal agency focused on security and terrorism, so you can bet the background check will be exhaustive. Make sure to be truthful in the application process and show how you’ve changed and do not pose a security threat. You won’t know unless you try, so expunge your record, put your best foot forward and hope for the best.
How to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Job at an Airport with a Criminal Record
Your best chances of moving forward in the application process of an airport job would be to expunge your criminal record. Do whatever you can to clear up your record before applying for a job at an airport. It will greatly improve your chances of getting a job at an airport and elsewhere.
To see if you are eligible to clear up your record, our firm’s lawyers have developed a free, confidential Eligibility Test. If you have a criminal record and want a job working at an airport, taking this test should be your first step. If you’re eligible for an expungement, take the opportunity!
The expungement process can be difficult to navigate. Hiring an experienced attorney to make sure things are done right should greatly improve your chances of success and make things move more quickly. To learn more, contact our team of experienced attorneys at 844-947-3732.