FAA Extends Ground Stop Order; No Flights at Burbank at Least Until Tomorrow

Travelers Advised to Follow Airline Announcements and be Prepared for Additional Security Measures

BURBANK, Calif., September 12, 2001, 5:00 p.m. — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced an extension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s ground stop order, ensuring there will be no airline flights at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport at least until tomorrow.  No specific opening time for the airport has yet been determined, and no specific schedule of flights is yet available.

Airlines are cautioning that they will resume service only when it is operationally practical to do so and consistent with federal directives.   All airlines at Burbank are posting periodic updates on their respective websites.  Links to the websites are available through the airport’s website, www.burbankairport.com/.  The airline sites also include telephone contact options.

When Burbank and other airports do open, the DOT advises travelers to be prepared for numerous new security measures that will tend to lengthen the pre-boarding process. They include:

Discontinuation of curbside baggage check-in.  All bags must be checked at the airline ticket counters.

Access beyond security checkpoints will be limited to ticketed passengers only; no “meeters and greeters.” Ticketless travelers will need the printed itinerary from the airline or an authorization from the airline ticket counter in the main terminal.

Augmented screening of passengers and belongings at the checkpoint.

The airport also expects to lose some of its short-term parking spaces due to security requirements. Travelers and short-term visitors are urged to use remote parking lots A, B and C with tram connections to the terminal building.

Drivers will still be allowed to drop off passengers along the curb in front of the terminal, but absolutely no parking or waiting will be allowed.  Travelers must be sure to carry proper identification and maintain control of their luggage.