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DFW International Airport Announces Security And Parking Plans For "Level Orange"

All Terminal Garages Stay Open; Visual Inspections, Random Searches To Be Conducted At Toll Plazas

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas (February 7, 2003) – All of DFW Airport's Terminal Parking garages remain open as DFW Department of Public Safety officers begin implementing security parking changes as a result of the "Level Orange" declaration by the Department of Homeland Security.

During this period, DFW officers will be visually inspecting and randomly searching all vehicles entering the Airport at the north and south toll plazas. The new measures will further enhance the Airport's already heightened security procedures that are in effect everyday.

Working very closely with the Transportation Security Administration, DFW will also be closing its one-hour parking on the upper level of terminal garages.

Passengers are asked to allow for additional time to assure on time arrive at their gate and to be attentive to DPS officers directing traffic and inspecting vehicles.

"We are open for business, and the measures we're taking should have minimal impact on our passengers and operations," says Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW. "Our planning has paid off. We simply ask for our passengers’ patience and understanding as we comply with additional security measures associated with the increased threat level.” 

The visual inspections and random searches at the toll plazas are designed to keep security tight but traffic moving.

"We are asking our guests to do exactly what Homeland Security asked today, continue traveling and be vigilant and attentive in your travels," says Alvy Dodson, vice president of public safety at DFW. "As always, an alert public is a vital addition to our efforts to keep DFW Airport safe and secure. If anyone sees any suspicious activity, please feel free to call 911 or ask anyone working the terminals to contact a DFW officer. We'll be glad to help." 

The Airport has also instructed employees to heighten their vigilance and report any suspicious circumstances or unusual activity to DPS.

DFW was the first airport in the country to test its "Level Orange" preparedness and parking plans on January 23. The Transportation Security Administration has mandated that airports nationwide have plans to check vehicles using close-in lots.

Drivers are urged to be on the look out for special signage, traffic cones and police officers in the area. DFW is also asking drivers to slow down. Those parking in the Remote North or South lots will not be subjected to the inspections since they will be bused to the terminals.

Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world's third busiest, offering nearly 2,000 flights per day and serving 55 million passengers a year. DFW International Airport provides non-stop service to 132 domestic and 31 international destinations worldwide. 

Editor's Notes: This release, and past news releases issued by DFW International Airport, are available online at www.dfwairport.com in the “MediaSite” section.

For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability or further details regarding the many services provided at DFW International Airport, log on to www.dfwairport.com. To arrange interviews contact DFW Public Affairs at 972 574 NEWS (6397) or Ken Capps, APR, Vice President Public Affairs, kcapps@dfwairport.com