TSA Precheck — the federal agency’s fast-track through airport security — has finally reached Burbank Bob Hope Airport, officials said Thursday.
Travelers on Delta, Alaska, Southwest and United who are eligible for precheck can now use the service at Burbank’s A and B Terminals. But the release says the service will only be available during “peak periods” which leads me to believe precheck will not be available at all times.
The program allows travelers who give certain information to the government and pay a small fee to go through expedited security screening. For awhile, frequent travelers lauded it, saying they could speed through aircraft security. But as more people have become eligible to use it, many have said queues have gotten a lot longer. (For more, check out Brett Snyder’s recent post: Why is the TSA Trying to Ruin Pre Check?)
Burbank Bob Hope Airport is in dire need of an update. And now it looks like it will finally get it.
Airport officials said this week that they want to build a 355,000 square foot replacement terminal with 14 aircraft gates. Officials have been signaling for a long time they wanted to build a new facility, but this is the first time they said exactly how big it might be.
If built, the terminal would be 68 percent bigger than the existing building, constructed in 1930. The old terminal would eventually be knocked down, according to officials.
“The Airport’s current terminal does not meet current seismic design standards or comply with FAA standards regarding the prescribed distance between runways and terminals,” the airport said in a press release.
Want to learn more about the airport’s plans? There’s public meeting tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 10) at 6 p.m. in the Burbank Bob Hope Airport Terminal A Skyroom. Parking tickets will be validated.
Also, here’s a PDF put together by the airport detailing the proposal.
UPDATE: TSA Spokesman Nico Melendez explain what happened in the security breach at Burbank Bob Hope Airport. “The walk through metal detectors were operating improperly so … they had everyone evacuate the sterile side of the airport.”
ORIGINAL POST: Every passenger at Burbank Bob Hope Airport was re-screened by security officials late Thursday morning after officials discovered a security beach, airport spokesman Victor Gill said.
“We had a terminal evacuation at about 10 minutes after 11 today due to a termination by TSA that there were probably several passengers that were not properly screened,” Gill said. “The re-screening of the passengers began at 11:32. All of them have been re-secreened.”
Gill said somewhere between 200 and 300 people had to go through security again after officials required what is known as a “terminal dump.” He said five or six flights were delayed as a result, but only for 15 to 30 minutes.
Gill said he did not know specifically what caused the issue.
“They don’t got into their procedures too much about what went wrong,” Gill said of the TSA. “But they determined that several passengers may have been improperly screened and once they got though it was impossible to find them.”
Gill said security issues require evacuations at the airport about once or twice each year.
“They are very infrequent,” he said.
Passenger traffic is down at Burbank Bob Hope Airport, but airport officials are hoping there’s more than one way to increase revenues.
After a decade long hiatus, brought about by Sept. 11, the airport is once again seeking to entice filmmakers to shoot at the airport. Done right, this can be a fairly profitable enterprise.
Earlier this month, airport officials say they brought 60 location scouts to Bob Hope for a behind the scenes tour. Among the things that airport officials touted: proximity to many major studios, an easy application process, “reasonable costs,” and a variety of terminal airfield and hanger spaces open for filming.
Airport officials say recent shoots have included the movie “The Bling Ring,” as well episodes of “Arrested Development,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and Grey’s Anatomy.
What do you do if you’re a midsize hub airport that wants to grow traffic?
You hire a consultant.
At least that is what Burbank Bob Hope Airport did recently. Like other facilities of its size, Burbank has had trouble holding onto flights in the past five years, and in 2012, American Airlines pulled completely out of the airport. Burbank served 4.1 million passengers in 2012, down from 5.9 million in 2007. That’s not nearly as bad as L.A./Ontario International Airport’s decline — down from about 7.2 million passengers in 2007 to 4.3 million passengers last year. But it’s still not good.
Hence the April 2013 report from Sixel Consulting Group, which studied traffic from a one-year period ending in third quarter 2012 and came up with some interesting findings.
Here are some of them:
- Burbank is retaining fewer passengers in the Los Angeles region than in 2010. Many of them are flying instead from LAX.
- Burbank fares are up 31 percent since 2010
- Long-haul service will always be a challenge for the airport, in part because of its relatively short runway length and difficult terrain.
- 82 percent of available seats at the airport are for flights within 500 miles.