Introduction - Media InformationAirport Access - Newsgathering - Emergencies


Both Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports are public buildings operated by the Airports Authority. Media may film, tape, or photograph in publicly accessible areas, including but not limited to lobbies, parking lots and garages, roadways, the media pad at Dulles, terraces at Reagan National, hallways adjacent to concessions and other common use areas. Only ticketed passengers may proceed through security. It is not a practice of the Airports Authority to issue gate passes or escort the media through or beyond the TSA security checkpoint.

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General requirements for all media crew members in public areas of both airports:

  • Please contact the Media Relations Office prior to your arrival (703-417-8370)
  • Visibly display your official press identification
  • Do not block fire emergency escape routes and/or fire emergency exits
  • Do not interfere with any entrance, exit, escalator, ticket counter, taxi staging area, taxi pickup, passenger check in, security checkpoint, or baggage carousel
  • Do not interfere with TSA, airline or airport operations
  • Ticket counter and gate areas are leased by the airlines, and they must give permission for filming/photography in their leased space
  • Shops and restaurants are leased space, and the managers must give permission to media to enter their areas.

Best places to view Aircraft operations

Reagan National Airport:
  • Outdoor North Terrace and South Terrace adjacent to Terminal B/C on the Departures (Ticketing) level
  • Gravelly Point Park on the Northbound George Washington Parkway (contact National Park Service for more information)
Dulles International Airport:
  • Top level of Daily Garage #1 or #2
  • Media Pad in front of the Main Terminal, Departures (Ticketing) level

Airline Operations
Views of airline operations may be gathered from public areas of the airport. For media access to airline equipment or personnel, you must contact the airline to obtain their approval and assistance.

Leased Areas
The areas that are leased by the airlines and other tenants, such as ticket counters, boarding locations and waiting areas, private offices, stores, and restaurants, are under the control of those parties, and media access to those areas must be approved by the appropriate airline or business. The Airports Authority cannot grant permission for media access on behalf of our tenants.

Security Screening Areas
The security screening areas are operated through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). For media access to the screening area equipment or TSA employees, you must obtain approval from TSA Public Affairs.

Airfield Access
Airfield access is rarely granted and strictly controlled. Requests for filming in the aircraft movement areas and near the aprons will be handled by the Media Relations Office on a case-by-case basis. Prior notification is essential to ensure adequate staffing exists to perform escort duties. Requests for access will be accommodated to the extent manpower and operational considerations permit. In the event of an emergency situation or other event that requires the full attention of the Airport Operations staff, a prearranged escort may be canceled.

Police Incidents
If a criminal investigation is underway, coordination of press activity will be the responsibility of the Authority Police Department Officer in Charge and the Media Relations Office representative. Filming of crime scenes, or other investigative events will be controlled by the Authority Police Department.

Adverse Weather
Adverse weather conditions could affect airport operations due to airfield conditions, visibility or other reasons.
The airport does not close during most inclement weather conditions. At times, there may be an interruption in operations in order to clear snow and ice from the runways or ramps.

Only during severe weather (heavy snow, hurricane, tornado) would the airport close for any extended period of time. However, flights may be delayed or canceled due to weather in the surrounding area or at the flight’s destination.

Heavy rain or fog does not usually close the airport, however some aircraft may be delayed in landing or taking off until visibility and conditions improve

The FAA posts airport delay information on the web at

The Airports Authority posts Departures and Arrivals status for our airports at the following links and