It is important when planning an airport to come up withan effective safety program. Especially since safety is the number one issuewhen it comes to airports. Being up to date on the security equipment and consideringadvanced technology is also important when planning an airport.
It is imperativeto protect against any unknown future threats and seeing how difficult that it,an airport must always keep the safety concerns a top priority. Conclusion Asecured area in an airport are where aircraft operators enplane and deplane passengersunder 49 CRF Part 1544 (Wells & Young, 2011). The secured areas at DFW are:the area mentioned previously, the AOA and SIDA areas, and the adjacent baggageprocessing areas. People in this area must have display a valid security badgeproperly or have an approved escort. At DFW the one must enter and exit thesecured areas through designated entrances and access points. Secured Area Thesterile areas at an airport is the area that passengers must gain access bygoing through TSA passenger screening checkpoints (Wells & Young, 2011). TheTSA offers PreCheck, which is a faster way through airport security screening,at “Terminals A, C, D, and E” (TSA Security Checkpoints, n. d.
). There are alsonew automated screening lanes that are available at checkpoints “A21, D22, D30,and E18” (TSA Security Checkpoints, n. d.).
Also at DFW is CLEAR, a biometricscreening technology. CLEAR allows members to speed through security byconfirming their identity with their fingerprint. CLEAR is located at TerminalE, checkpoint E8 (News Releases, n. d.). After passing through screening passengerswith tickets and DFW Airport badge holders may access the sterile area at DFW.This area is the passenger boarding area, where they wait to board their plane.Sterile Areas TheSecurity Identification Display Area (SIDA) is the area of the airport thatsecurity measures that are specified in the TSRs are carried out (Wells &Young, 2011).
Each person in this area is required to display an approvedairport security badge. The SIDA at the DFW airport includes “Terminals A, B,C, D, E, E-Satellite ramp area, the Airline Cargo/Terminal 5E ramp area, theDFW International Air Cargo ramp areas, all the American Airlines hangar rampareas, the Envoy/American Eagle Airlines hangar ramp area, the CorporateAviation (CA)/Terminal 1E and the General Aviation (GA) ramp areas” (Aircraftnon-movement area familiarization manual for ground vehicle operators, 2016).Security Identification Display Area An airports air operations area (AOA) are the areas thatare used for landing, takeoff or surface maneuvering of aircraft (Wells &Young, 2011). The AOA at DFW also include “aircraft parking, loading andunloading, and maintenance/hangar areas” (Aircraft non-movement areafamiliarization manual for ground vehicle operators,2016). Within DFW’s AOA are the non-movement areas (NMAs).
NMA’s are the passengerterminal ramp and the hangar ramp areas (Aircraft non-movement area familiarizationmanual for ground vehicle operators, 2016). The NMAs at DFW are: “PassengerTerminals A, B, C, D, E & E Satellite ramps; the West and East AirFreight/Cargo ramps; the United Parcel Service (UPS) ramp; the AmericanAirlines (AA) hangars 1 – 5 ramps; the Terminal 5E/Airline Cargo Ramp; theTerminal 1E/Corporate Aviation (CA) ramp and the previously-used GeneralAviation (GA) ramp; Taxilane H1 on the Southwest Hold Pad, and the DFWInternational Air Cargo ramps” (Aircraft non-movement area familiarization manualfor ground vehicle operators, 2016). Security identificationand authorization are required to enter the AOA at DFW. There are six commercial,scheduled airline passenger terminals, including a satellite terminal, at DFW. Domesticflights are used for five out of the six and the last one is used forinternational flights. DFW also has a Corporate Aviation terminal for anyunscheduled or non-airline passenger flights. Surrounding the AOA at theairport is a six-foot-high chain link fence that is topped with barbed andrazor wire. The AOA contains positive-controlled entry and exit gates that are alwaysguarded.
The AOA’s security protection is in accordance with CFR PART 1542, andis entitled “Airport Security” (Aircraft non-movement area familiarization manualfor ground vehicle operators, 2016). DFW has a Department of Public Safety(DPS) that is responsible for the security and maintaining the Airport SecurityProgram for the airport. To ensure the safety of DFW’s AOA, any person whom isauthorized in the AOA is responsible for preventing any unauthorized access. To enter the AOA a person should have properidentification and their vehicle should have a valid Vehicle Access Permit.
TheDFW DPS Access Control Office (ACO) is who authorizes the AOA Badges. Air Operations Area According to Wells and Young, “under the Transportation SecurityRegulations, each airport operating under Federal Aviation Regulations Part139-Certification of Airports, musthave an airport security program (ASP)” (2011). The Dallas/Fort Worth airporthas been designated as a Category I Airport by the Transportation SecurityAdministration (TSA). DFW’s ASP describes its AOA, SIDA and all of the sterileand secured areas.Airport Security ProgramSecurity within anairport is one of the most significant issues. Preventing criminal acts willensure the safety of the traveling public within an airport.
For an airport toprevent criminal acts they must know the rules and policies that were put inplace to mitigate any aviation threats. The concerns of airport security are inall areas and with every user of the airport, so is important for an airport tohave efficient security throughout its entirety. This research will describethe Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s security. It will explain DFW’sAOA, the secure and sterile areas of DFW and SIDA.