DFW International Airport Announces Security And Parking Plans For "Level Orange"_20191112103637406
All Terminal Garages Stay Open; Visual Inspections, Random Searches To Be Conducted At Toll Plazas As Holiday Travel Begins
DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas (May 20, 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. The Airport received its security directive from the Transportation Security Administration this evening.
The Airport will begin implementing the measures tonight, with all measures completed on Wednesday. The Airport also plans to announce a special offer tomorrow for active military personnel and reserves in commemoration of the first Memorial Day following the conflict in Iraq.
"We are open for business, and the measures we're taking should have minimal impact on our passengers and operations as they begin their Memorial Day travel," says Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW. "We simply ask for our passengers’ patience and understanding as we comply with additional security measures associated with the increased threat level."
During this period, DFW employees and police officers will be visually inspecting and randomly searching all vehicles entering the Airport at the north and south entry 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 arrival at their gate and to be attentive to DPS officers directing traffic and inspecting vehicles. The visual inspections and random searches at the entry plazas are designed to keep security tight but traffic moving. DFW has visually inspected 35,000 vehicles during past Level Orange events.
"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 Airport has successfully implemented Level Orange procedures three times.
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 and 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 54 million passengers a year. DFW International Airport provides non-stop service to 132 domestic and 31 international destinations worldwide.
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