Oakland International Airport Increases Security Measures in Response to Orange Threat Level
Random Inspections of Vehicles Using Airport Roadways Begin Today
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cyndy Johnson, (510) 563-2820
After Hours, (510) 563-3360
Oakland, CA, March 18, 2003 - Law enforcement officials today begin random vehicle searches at Oakland International Airport. The searches, which rn will occur along the airport's inbound roadway and at the terminal curbsides, are in response to the heightened terror alert (Orange Threat Level) and a new security directive for airports. There has not been any specific threat targeting Oakland International Airport.
Vehicles will be checked for explosives and other suspicious materials as they approach the terminal buildings and when they stop at the terminal curbside. A routine stop is expected to last no more than 90 seconds. Law enforcement officials may ask to inspect vehicle trunks and backs of vans. Inspections will last indefinitely.
Other mandated security changes include the elimination of taxi staging at the terminal building first curb. Taxis will be called forward from a remote staging area on an as-needed basis. Taxis picking up passengers at the first curb and all other ground transportation vehicles using the second curb (AC Transit and AirBART buses) and third curb (hotel/motel and off-site rental car agency shuttles) will be inspected with the use of extension mirrors.
"Traveler safety and security is our number one priority," said Steven rn J. Grossman, director of aviation for the Port of Oakland, which operates the Port. "Airport staff is working cooperatively with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and local law enforcement officials and we ask travelers to work cooperatively with us as we implement these increased security measures rn on their behalf."
Travelers may also notice an increased presence of law enforcement officials in and around the terminal buildings and increased searches of baggage by the airport's canine unit while the airport remains at this heightened level of security.
Passengers traveling through Oakland International Airport are reminded to arrive at the airport 90 minutes prior to departure time for domestic flights and two to three hours prior for international flights. In addition, all passengers are now required to obtain a boarding pass prior to passenger security screening. Passengers should check with their airline for more information.
Oakland International Airport has 200 flights a day on 14 domestic and international carriers to 36 nonstop destinations, including Atlanta, New York, Washington, D.C., the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica (service begins 5/03). The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland. For information on alternative transportation to/from the airport, call 1-888-IFLYOAK (435-9625). Once at the airport, motorists can tune to 1700 AM for current airport information. Visit www.oaklandairport.com for additional information.