Yes. Remember, American Airlines is willing to consider applicants with criminal records, so don’t let this scare you. Just know that working at an airport will require you to go through an extensive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) criminal background check.
Your background check will be conducted after you have accepted their offer of employment. This check will look at your criminal history, as well as your employment history. An FBI criminal history records check may be required as well. These background checks will go back at least 10 years and could include your entire record.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
For the record, not every state treats the background check the same. Check out the states below to see which ones only look back seven years:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
Eight states currently only allow employers to see your guilty charges. Here are those states:
- New York
The states below will see everything on your record, however, so be aware!
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Do employees at American Airlines enjoy working here? We went online to find out. Over 2,000 employee reviews have been posted on glassdoor.com. They’re generally positive, giving the company 3.7 out of 5 stars. Plus, over 70% of their employees said they would recommend American Airlines to a friend.
What about other sites like indeed.com? Over 2,500 reviews have been posted on that site, giving them 4.1 out of 5 stars!
What felonies American Airlines will not hire
Here is a complete list of disqualifying crimes from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA):
- Forgery of certificates, false marking of aircraft and other aircraft registration violations;
- Unlawful possession, use, sale, distribution, or manufacture of an explosive or weapon;
- Interference with air navigation;
- Improper transportation of hazardous material;
- Aircraft piracy;
- Assault with intent to murder;
- Interference with flight crew members or flight attendants;
- Commission of certain crimes aboard aircraft in flight;
- Carrying a weapon or explosive aboard aircraft;
- Kidnapping or hostage taking;
- Conveying false information and threats;
- Aircraft piracy outside the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States;
- Rape or aggravated sexual abuse;
- Unlawful entry into an aircraft or airport area that serves air carriers or foreign air carriers contrary to established security requirements;
- Armed robbery;
- Lighting violations involving transporting controlled substances;
- Distribution of, or intent to distribute, a controlled substance;
- Destruction of an aircraft or aircraft facility;
- Felony arson;
- Conspiracy or attempt to commit any of the aforementioned criminal acts.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does American Airlines hire felons? Yes, but that doesn’t mean all felonies will carry equal weight with them.
As we mentioned above, working at an airport requires an extremely thorough background check. This process is their way of verifying that you don’t have any offenses restricted by the FAA. After that, it will depend on the charge.
Does American Airlines hire sex offenders?
We did not find any information about American Airlines hiring sex offenders or not. So we can’t say on this one.
Does American Airlines drug test?
Yes. Here’s some information from one of the job listings on their careers site:
Completion of a pre-employment drug screen, comprehensive background check and/or fingerprinting to satisfy company and security requirements
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