OAKLAND, Calif., June 30, 2007 – Oakland International Airport (OAK) travelers are reminded of increased security measures that have been in effect at all U.S. airports since August 2006. OAK is enhancing its security procedures and asks passengers to review security travel tips in advance to ensure a more pleasant travel experience over the Fourth of July holiday and the busy summer travel season ahead.
The U.S. threat level is High or Orange for all domestic and international flights, and remains unchanged since August 2006. However, OAK is increasing patrols of law enforcement personnel and bomb-sniffing dogs along the terminal curbsides and in airport parking lots. Also, law enforcement personnel will conduct random inspections of vehicles stopped in front of the terminals. These enhanced measures are to ensure the safety and security of all OAK users.
Travelers are reminded of the following security procedures in effect at
- Stopping at OAK's curbsides is for active loading and unloading
of passengers and baggage only. Unattended vehicles will be cited and towed;
- For the safety and security of all airport users, remain
vigilant and report any suspicious activity to OAK law enforcement personnel or call 9-1-1;
- Plan to arrive at OAK 90 minutes before domestic flight
departure and 2-3 hours prior to international flights due to longer lines at baggage and passenger security screening;
- To proceed through OAK's passenger security checkpoints, a
government-issued photo ID is required of all travelers age 18 and older and ALL passengers must present a boarding pass or other airline-approved document;
- All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3.4-ounce or smaller
containers and placed in a one-quart, clear, plastic zip-top bag. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows one plastic bag per passenger. Larger quantities of liquids and gels will need to be placed in checked baggage.
- Travelers are limited to two carry-on bags, which include a
personal item such as a handbag, briefcase, diaper-bag or laptop computer. To avoid a secondary inspection which may average three minutes per person, place loose metal items such as coins, keys, cell phones and jewelry in carry-on bags, and remove outer layers of clothes and shoes as the TSA has made shoe screening mandatory for all passengers;
- All fireworks contain explosive materials and are not permitted
in checked or carry-on baggage; and
- Visit TSA.gov for a list of permitted and prohibited items, and
for more helpful travel tips.
OAK’s Park & Call Zone allows meeters and greeters who can connect to their passenger by cell phone to wait for FREE up to 30 minutes. Drivers must remain with their vehicles at all times. The 25-space Park & Call Zone is located at the Oakland Maintenance Center, which is the large hangar with billboard advertisements clearly visible to motorists as they enter the airport terminal area. Once contacted, drivers should turn right upon exiting the Park & Call Zone to pick-up their waiting passenger at either terminal.
OAK has over 200 flights a day on 13 domestic and international carriers to 42 nonstop destinations, including Atlanta, Boston, Columbus, Fort Lauderdale, the Hawaiian Islands, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Mexico and seasonal summer service to the Azores, Portugal and seasonal winter service to Sun Valley, Idaho. OAK served over 14.4 million passengers and handled over 668,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2006. The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland. Visit oaklandairport.com for more information.
Oakland International Airport
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