Press Release

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
1 Aviation Circle - Washington, DC 20001-6000 - (703) 417-8370 - Fax: (703) 417-8371

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Authority Hearing on Proposed Regulations Changes, November 4th

 Airports Authority To Hold Public Hearing on
Proposed Regulation Changes
Amendments Would Change Regulations Regarding

Abandoned Vehicles, Commercial Vehicle Operations and Weapons On Airport Property

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Reagan National and Dulles International Airports, will conduct a Public Hearing on proposed amendments to the Authority Regulations regarding the possession of weapons on Airport property. The hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 4th at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Virginia.

The Authority's current regulation on weapons requires passengers checking firearms to deactivate the weapons to the extent possible. The proposed change would require the passenger to transport the firearm unloaded and in a locked, hard-sided container to which only the passenger retains the key or combination. The proposed regulation amendments would also clarify that agents of the Airports Authority may possess a weapon to be used under Authority direction for an Authority purpose. Other persons, such as armored car guards, would be permitted to possess a weapon on Airport property for a legitimate airport purpose with prior, written approval of the Airport Manager.

Additional proposed amendments pertain to taxicabs and other vehicles for hire at the Airports. The amendments would require taxicab drivers and operators of limousines, executive sedans and other vehicles for hire picking up a pre-arranged fare to record the dates of the request and of the pickup written legibly in ink.. Another amendment would clarify that the demerit points for traffic violations are calculated according to the Virginia system, for purposes of determining whether to deny or revoke the driver's Reagan National Airport Taxi Operator's Permit.

The Hyatt Dulles is located at 2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard in Herndon. Any person may appear and be heard for or against the proposed amendments. Speakers are requested to limit their remarks to 5 minutes.

Written comments on the proposal may be addressed to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Office of the General Counsel, 1 Aviation Circle, Washington D.C. 20001. Written comments must be received not later than November 5, 2004, to be assured of consideration.

Comments and questions may be e-mailed to airportsregs@mwaa.com. The complete text of the proposed amendments is available on the Authority website at the link below or from the Office of the General Counsel, 703-417-8615.

Regulations Hearing Public Notice Nov 4
Commercial Vehicle and Abandon Vehicle Proposed Amendments
Weapons Regulations Proposed Amendments

The Airport Authority's Regulations can be found Here.