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Airport Operations Bulletin (07-01-AOB)

February 16, 2007

AIRPORT OPERATIONS BULLETIN

(07-01-AOB)

Replaces Aviation Security Operations Directive 2005-01

TO: All Airport Commission Employees, Law Enforcement Agencies, Airport Tenants, Service Companies and Vendors

SUBJECT: Use of Airport ID Media and "ESCORT" Authority Procedures

1. Background:  All Airport personnel, in accordance with 49 CFR 1542.211, Identification Systems, and SFO's Airport Security Program (ASP), are required to display Airport-issued ID media when working within the Terminal complex of Security Identification Display Area (SIDA).  Additionally, personnel requiring escort privileges at SFO, shall be authorized by the Airport's Security Access Office (SAO), and meet the requirements of SD (Security Directive) 1542-06-01D, 10.b through 10.f.

2. Purpose: To provide knowledge of the use and identification of escort authority and procedures of Airport-issued ID media including Visitor and Construction badges.  This document supersedes previously issued Aviation Security Operations Directive 2005-01, dated January 25, 2005.

3. Overview: SFO's ID media consists of four (4) types of colored badges, each providing a specific level of access authority.  The ORANGE, for the Air Operations Area (AOA)/Secured Area (area between Air Operations Area and terminal complex for loading and off-loading passengers and baggage onto aircraft); RED for Sterile Areas (Terminal area beyond Passenger Screening Checkpoints); and GREEN for Terminal Areas (pre-passenger screening), all require the employee to undergo a Criminal History Records Check and Security Threat Assessment (CHRC/STA).  The BLUE badges, utilized for Visitors, and indicated by the letter "V," and temporary Construction workers, indicated by the letter "C," do not require the badge holder to undergo a CHRC or STA, but do require an escort.  All Airport ID media shall be prominently displayed on the outermost garment, at or above the waist.

4. Badge Descriptions:

  • ORANGE ESCORT ID Badge —"AOA" ID Badge is issued to personnel working within the AOA/Secured Areas and allows unescorted access into AOA/Secured Areas, Sterile Areas, and Terminal Areas.  Effective February 12, 2009, only individuals having the word "ESCORT" on the upper right corner of their AOA ID badges will be authorized to escort.  Between now and that time period, both ORANGE ID media are acceptable for escort.  Individuals requesting "ESCORT" authority must apply for this privilege through the Airport's Security Access Office.
    —Allows escort of RED, GREEN and BLUE-badged personnel in all areas
    —Permitted to use tools in all areas 
  •   RED ID Badge--"STERILE" Area ID Badge is issued to employees working within Sterile Areas and allows unescorted access only within Sterile and Terminal Areas.
    —No escort privileges
    —AOA/Secured Area access requires escort by an AOA badged individual
    —Permitted to use tools only within Sterile and Terminal Areas without escort
  • GREEN ID Badge—"TERMINAL" (NON-STERILE) Area ID Badge is issued to employees working within Terminal Areas that are pre-passenger screening and allows unescorted access through Passenger Screening Checkpoints into Sterile Areas.
    —No escort privileges
    —AOA/Secured Area access requires escort by an AOA badged individual
    —Permitted to use tools only within Terminal Areas that are pre-passenger screening
    —Not permitted to work in Sterile Areas
  • BLUE ID Badge—VISITOR "V" ID Badge is used within AOA/Secured, Sterile and Restricted Areas of the Airport during visits of short duration, i.e., tours, pre-employment interviews, and repair work.
    —Requires AOA badged escort, at all times, in AOA/Secured Areas
    —In Sterile Areas, must be under escort at all times when working, or in an area where prohibited items are stored
    —Does not require an escort to enter Passenger Screening Checkpoint or when transiting to/from Sterile Area work site
    —When entering Passenger Screening Checkpoint without an escort, individual(s) shall be processed through secondary screening
    —May use tools in AOA/Secured and Sterile Areas under escort
  • BLUE ID Badge—CONSTRUCTION "C" ID Badge is used in all construction zones within AOA/Secured, Sterile and Restricted Areas of the Airport.
    —Requires AOA badged escort, at all times, in AOA/Secured Area
    —In Sterile Areas, must be under escort at all times, when working, or in an area where prohibited items are stored
    —Does not require escort to enter Passenger Screening Checkpoint or when transiting to/from Sterile Area work site
    —When entering Passenger Screening Checkpoint without an escort, individuals shall be processed through secondary screening
    —May use tools in AOA/Secured and Sterile Areas under escort

5. Lost, Misplaced, or Forgotten ID Badge:  Individuals who report to work without their ID media are not permitted to work.
—Lost or stolen ID badges must be reported immediately to the Security Access Office during business hours or Airport Communications after hours
—An irretrievable ID will be voided and a non-refundable $100.00 fee will be assessed for a replacement
—Individuals having door access problems should contact the Security Access Office during business hours or an Airport Duty Manager after hours

6.  Escort Procedures:  Only authorized AOA badge holders shall be permitted to...
—Escort Visitors displaying a "V" badge
—Escort Construction workers displaying a "C" badge
—Escort "Terminal" and "Sterile" Area badged Airport employees

Escort procedures are as follows:

  • Any incident or unauthorized escorting will be considered a violation of the Airport Security Program (ASP) and enforceable pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Airport's Rules and Regulations.
  • At access portals with dual Biometric/ACS card readers, "V"/"C"/"Terminal," and "Sterile" Area badged personnel shall swipe their badges first, verifying that the card reader light blinks with each card swipe.  The escort will then swipe his or her badge and tender Biometrics using established procedures.  At turnstiles, individuals are swiped through by their escort, one at a time.
  • An employee with "ESCORT" authority may escort no more than 8 individuals.  However, no escort maximum is specified for the number of individuals with Airport "C" badges within a contained area such as a construction site controlled by contract security at the entry/exit point(s).
  • An escort must maintain physical control of the escorted individual(s) at all times and remain close enough (except when in contained, controlled areas) to ensure verbal communication can be maintained.  With mutual agreement, it is acceptable to transfer escort responsibility to another escort.
  • Visitor(s) or Construction worker(s) entering the Sterile Area are required to display their ID media.
  • Escorts must ensure that their Visitor(s) and/or Construction worker(s) carry valid government-issued identification while under escort.
  • Escort-related problems must be immediately reported to Airport Communications.

7. Use of "V" Badge While Awaiting CHRC and STA: Escorting shall not be used as a temporary means of access for newly-hired employees awaiting results of a Criminal History Records Check/Security Threat Assessment (CHRC/STA).  Prospective employees must apply for and receive approval of their CHRC/STA and be issued valid Airport ID media prior to commencement of work, to include training, at SFO.  Additionally, escorting shall not be used as a means of adding to or substituting staff from an off Airport location, or to "try out" a new or prospective employee.

8.  Point of Contact: The following telephone numbers are provided to assist in responding to the reporting requirements contained in this Bulletin:
—Security Access Office—(650) 821-5200
—SFO Aviation Security—(650) 821-3901
—Airport Communications—(650) 876-2424
—Airport Duty Manager—(650) 821-5222

9.  Effective Date:  February 21, 2007

          ORIGINAL SIGNED BY 
           John L. Martin

 

           John L. Martin 
          Airport Director