An airline customer service agent is the first point of contact for a passenger in an airport or over the phone. Stellar service is key in ensuring the happiness of airline customers. While some passengers are looking for cursory assistance in checking luggage or printing a boarding pass, others have complaints and are looking for a quick resolution. Attention to detail, problem-solving skills and a knack for interacting with customers is essential in this position.
An airline customer service agent works in an airport or a call center, providing information and assistance to the flying public. In a call center, an airline customer service agent helps customers with flight reservations, itinerary changes, baggage concerns and questions about customer loyalty programs. Face-to-face interaction occurs at airports. At a front counter, an airline customer service agent assists passengers with check-in, issues tickets, provides flight information, checks baggage and solves ticket-related travel problems. At the gate, airline customer service agents check boarding passes, upgrade seats and reissue tickets when a flight is overbooked. A workday may be routine or very stressful. For example, a weather or safety issue may cause the cancellation of several flights. Harried passengers trying to make a connecting flight or get to a destination may take their frustration out on the first employee they see. That employee is usually an airline customer service agent. Uncontrollable circumstances may leave a service agent without a remedy to a problem. Remaining calm under pressure and maintaining a smile is a critical duty of this job