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
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
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
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
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
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.