Breach Of Security

U.S. airport security screeners miss more than 20% of the potentially dangerous items that pass through X-ray machines, according to the GAO. Their European counterparts are reportedly twice as effective. Reasons? TRAINING: U.S. screeners spend 12 hours in class; those in France study for 60 hours. SALARY: U.S. screeners start at $5.15 an hour, with minimal benefits; Belgian screeners make $14 an hour, with health care, vacation, sick pay, bonuses and a track to managerial positions. TURNOVER: In Europe, less than 50% annually; in the U.S., on average, 126% annually.


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