The primary objective of aviation security is to safeguard passengers, crew, ground personnel and the general public against acts of unlawful interference perpetrated in flight or within the confines of an airport.
Safety and security oversight of the operation of L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda falls under the UK Department for Transport (DfT), Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) and Air Safety Support International (ASSI). The DfT is responsible for setting aviation security policy and ASSI is responsible for oversight of implementation of that policy. BCAA issues Skyport with its aerodrome certificate – a key component of which is the effective implementation of security measures.
The security team at Skyport is run by our Head of Aviation Security who has overall responsibility for day-to-day security operations at the terminal building. The role is supported by an assistant. The Head of Aviation Security and AASO are supported by security screeners and by Airport Security Enforcement Unit staff. Both services are contracted out. All security personnel are qualified at the respective levels of certification under the UK Department of Transport regulations and are recertified annually.
Skyport also retains a Senior Airport Security Advisor who works on a number of special projects and also coordinates with Aecon on the new terminal construction.
Passenger Screening Checkpoint
What else can I do to help me go through security faster?
- Remove laptops and other large electrical equipment from your bag.
- Put all small items like keys, coins, mobile phones into your coat or hand baggage and place these into a tray.
- Place your hand baggage into the tray.
- If you have liquids in containers of 100ml (3oz) or less, you can put these into a clear resealable 1 quart bag. These items should be placed alongside other items in your tray.
- If you have been asked to remove your shoes place them in the tray too.
- Place any large electrical goods into a tray.
- Place hand baggage onto the roller bed for x-ray.
- Go through the security archway when called forward by one of the security officers.
When going through security
- Have your passport, boarding pass ready for inspection.
- Persons can request a private security search, however all items must go through the x-ray machine.
- If you are carrying liquids, please ensure that they are contained in transparent re-sealable bags and that they are in containers of 100ml (3oz) or less
- Remember, you can leave keys, coins, wallets and mobile phones in your jacket or coat pockets, but take off your coat while you are in the queue so you are ready to put them in a tray to go through the X-ray machines.
- Large electrical items, such as laptops, will need to go through X-ray machines separately, so get them ready by taking them out of your hand luggage.
- Shoe removal is mandatory for US departures; and for all other destinations you may be required to take them off if so desired by the screener.
- Your coat, transparent bag (including medicines) and, if asked, your shoes, all need to go in one tray, but your large electrical items will go through in another.
- Security Officers may search your bags after initial X-ray, and you may be asked to undergo a physical hand search.
Please do not take any photographs or video of security areas at the airport, or while boarding or deplaning aircraft.
Use of cell phones
The use of cell phones is prohibited in the following areas:
- US Customs and Border Protection area, including the US departures security checkpoint
- Anywhere in the arrivals and baggage halls
- On the ramp area
Checked Baggage Advice
Skyport operates to TSA protocols for the screening of checked baggage at L.F. Wade International Airport for all departing flights.
Inspection Notices: Skyport may inspect your checked baggage during the screening process. If your property is physically inspected, Skyport will place a notice of baggage inspection inside your bag. This is to inform you that an officer conducted an inspection of your property. PLEASE DO NOT LOCK YOUR CHECKED BAGGAGE unless you are using TSA approved locks to do so.
Claims: If the search officer was unable to open your bag for inspection because it was locked, the officer may have been forced to break the locks on your bag. Skyport sincerely regrets having to do this, however Skyport is not liable for damage to your locks resulting from this necessary security precaution.
Locks: Skyport has been provided universal “master” keys under agreements with Safe Skies Luggage Locks and Travel Sentry so that certain branded locks may not have to be cut to inspect baggage. These locks are commercially available, and packaging on the locks should indicate they may be opened by Skyport officers. Skyport has no position on the validity or effectiveness of these product as a security measure and will be forced to remove these products if necessary during the inspection.
Monitoring: All search activities are tracked and monitored by CCTV.