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Higher Pay for Airport Cleaners Leads to Increased Security

Study finds lower airport worker turnover keeps airline passengers safer

January 12, 2018

Los Angeles International Airport is among airports across the United States that are raising the pay of airline workers with access to secure areas, including cleaners, to reduce turnover, Newsweek reports.

These pay increases follow a recent study from the University of California, Berkeley that found reducing turnover of airport cleaners and other staff increased the safety of the public.

Between 2002 and 2012 the average real wages for U.S. airport workers fell by 15 percent, leading more than one-third of cleaning workers to live in or near poverty. Low paid workers regularly change jobs, seeking even small increases in pay. Studies found that new workers who were not staying on the job long enough to master their positions were nearly 80 percent more likely to receive citations for security violations than those who had been at their jobs longer.

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