Previous blog posts have verified that felons are permitted to travel after completing the requirements of their sentence.
For those felons wanting to travel, there are many avenues of transportation available to them.
Some will fly to their destination. Of course that means using the airport.
Hmm… They can fly from the airport. Can they work there?
This blog post will cover the question of whether felons can work at the airport.
- Issue of Security Clearance
- Working for TSA
- Working for an Airline
- Encouraging Felons Working at the Airport
Issue of Security Clearance
Felons, upon being released from prison, face challenges and uncertain times. They are aware of the difficulties they will have in finding a job.
They may believe they are restricted from any job. The frustration mounts as they apply for a number of jobs without success.
They just have to remember that there are many employers that will hire them.
At all airports there are so many security checks from having to present a government-issued ID to checking luggage to processing through the security gates prior to going to their flight.
With all of that security to deal with as a passenger, how could they ever be allowed to work at the airport?
Working for TSA
Most of the airport security clearance is handled by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Can felons work for them? That certainly would seem to be an impossibility.
What do the TSA guidelines indicate?
A check of their regulations shows that a criminal background check is conducted for all job applicants.
Those convicted of a felony fall into two different categories.
The first category is for anyone who is convicted of a felony involving any of the following crimes:
- A federal crime of terrorism
- A transportation issue involving a significant loss of life, environmental damage, transportation system or economic disruption
- A crime involving explosives (including threats of an explosive)
- Improper transportation of a hazardous material
For those falling into these areas, they are permanently prohibited from employment with the TSA regardless of when the crime occurred.
Then, there is a second category of felonies.
This class of felonies is termed interim disqualifying criminal offenses. These are ones for which felons were convicted within seven years of the date of the application, or if the applicant was released from prison after conviction within five years of the date of the application.
Crimes in this category include:
- Illegal possession, use, sale, purchase, or other dealing with a firearm
- Money laundering
- Distribution or possession of a controlled substance
- Rape or sexual abuse
- Aggravated assault
While this is quite a long list, the hopeful aspect is that there is a time limit on the conviction resulting from these crimes.
An agency like the TSA, which is under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security allows for the chance for felons to be employed there. There is hope.
Working for an Airline
For felons not wanting to work for the TSA, there are of course other jobs at the airport.
How about working for one of the major airlines? After all, there are many opportunities there.
Looking at the major airlines shows that at least American Airlines and Delta Airlines are companies that hire felons.
For those wanting to work for American or Delta Airlines, it is recommended to contact the airlines and inquire about specific job openings.
The opportunity is certainly there.
The airlines are not the only other avenue for jobs at the airport. There are many companies involved at this setting.
For example, there are companies that offer support jobs for the airlines. These include companies that fuel airplanes, stock food for flights, and other possibilities.
Each is a separate company with its own guidelines. Many of these companies do hire felons. Contacting them is worth the chance.
Felons can find a job at an airport. They don’t have to just be travelers through them.
As with any felon trying to get a job, there are things they can do to increase their chances. They can go through a re-entry program as part of their rehabilitation.
They can seek legal means for having their record expunged or sealed.
They must show they are serious in their desire to make a successful transition back into society. There are success stories, as the Guide to Getting Employed shows.
Supporting Felons Working at the Airport
For families of felons wanting to work at the airport, support them in going through a re-entry program and getting their record expunged.
Encourage them in their goal of living an honest life.
If they want to work at the airport, there are options available. Help them explore these options. It will be worth the effort.
What do you think about this blog post? Are you or someone you know been in the situation of trying to get a job at the airport with a felony? What was that like for them, and how did they achieve success? Please tell us in the comments below.