Flashcards in Procedure 613-Carrying Weapons on Airport Property Deck (29):
.01B. Has the sole authority to allow officers into the secure area of the Terminal
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
.02A. TSA regulations prohibit ANY non-ticketed person from by-passing the;
passenger boarding security checkpoint.
.02B. SAPD officers on-duty, in uniform or plainclothes, who must enter the passenger boarding area of the San Antonio International Airport on official business, will:
Proceed to the exit lane of the TSA Checkpoint, [The lane where arriving passengers exit the secure area];
.03A. SAPD officers are not allowed to carry any weapon on or about their person while on a commercial aircraft, regardless of the duty status or dress of the officer, without a;
letter of authority signed by the Chief of Police
.03A. This is a TSA regulatory requirement for the airlines and the letter of authority must be;
presented to the air carrier with which the officer is traveling
.03B. SAPD officers flying armed must have successfully completed the structured training program;
“Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed;”, and have a need for a weapon to be accessible from the time he or she would otherwise check the weapon until the time it would be claimed after deplaning;
.03B. Must obtain a letter of authority signed by the Chief of Police confirming the need to travel armed and detailing the itinerary of the travel.
The Department shall transmit a properly formatted message via NLETS to TSA.
.03B. An Alpha-numeric identifier will be assigned for each day of travel. If an NLETS message is;
not on record with TSA, a weapon will not be allowed beyond the checkpoint;
.03B. If the dates of travel change or airport information changes, a new NLETS identifier will need to be issued. Therefore, the SAPD officer should be prepared to;
communicate with the Office of the Chief to have a new NLETS message sent;
.03B. The officer may contact the TSA office at the airport, where he is delayed in his travel, due to weather, airlines, mechanical, etc., when the delay;
exceeds twenty-four hours, and request a new NLETS identifier, but the officer must have all of his travel paperwork, itinerary, and identification ready to present to TSA.
.03B. Must notify the aircraft operator of the flight on which he needs to have a weapon accessible;
at least one hour, or in an emergency, as soon as possible before departure;
.03B. By presenting credentials, that include a clear full-face picture, the signature of the SAPD officer, the signature of the Chief of Police, and the official seal of the Police Department identify him/herself to;
the aircraft operator
.03B. Officers should verify that their credentials contain their signature to meet the;
guidelines, or obtain new credentials that do meet the guidelines;
.03B. A badge may not be accepted as the sole means of identification. The officer must also present to the;
air carrier the original signed letter of authority to fly armed;
.03B. Proceed to the exit lane of the Security Checkpoint, contact the;
TSO assigned to the checkpoint, and identify himself as a SAPD officer.
.03B. Upon contacting the TSO assigned to the checkpoint, present their SAPD credentials, a;
second form of Government-issued photo identification, the NLETS alphanumeric code, boarding pass, airline law enforcement officer documentation to the TSO.
.03B. Authority for law enforcement officers carrying a weapon beyond the Security Checkpoint is subject to the;
approval of TSA, regardless of all criteria being met;
.03B. If denied boarding the aircraft with a weapon by either;
TSA, airport law enforcement, or airline carrier, officers should be prepared to check their weapon.
.03B. Officers are reminded that Federal Law prohibits law enforcement officers flying armed from consuming any alcohol while;
on board the aircraft and eight (8) hours prior to departure.
.04A. Place the weapon unloaded in a locked hard sided case. Ensure that any ammunition is in;
factory, or similar packaging and does not exceed  pounds of small arms ammunition.
.04A. Advise the airline agent that you are declaring that an unloaded weapon is in a container within checked baggage, complete the necessary forms and maintain the key, or number combination, to the lock box.
At the ticket counter
.05A. SAPD officers who are assigned to transport a prisoner on a commercial aircraft, when making the travel arrangements will:
Advise the airline if the prisoner is a high-risk or low-risk prisoner.
.05A. Means a prisoner who is an exceptional escape risk as determined by the Department, and charged with or convicted of, a violent crime.
.05A. Means any prisoner who has not been designated as a “high-risk” prisoner.
.05A. Unless authorized by the TSA, no more than;
one high-risk prisoner may be transported on an aircraft.
.05A. Notify the airlines, that an armed SAPD officer, will be transporting a prisoner;
at least  hours in advance of the scheduled departure time
.05A. Obtain a letter of authority signed by the Chief of Police confirming the need to travel armed. The letter must:
a. Be addressed to the airline;
b. officer's name and identity of the prisoner;
c. State the city of departure and destination.
.05A. Prior to entering the passenger boarding area at the airport, present the letter to;
the TSO at the exit lane and comply with the directions and instruction of the TSO.