Ohio Students Get an Inside Look at Columbus “Front Door”

columbus airportWTS Columbus Chapter’s Transportation YOU program held a tour of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) facility in Ohio. CRAA representatives led the tour and 13 students and members of the ALL-THAT group, an at-risk outreach group, participated.

Elaine Roberts, President and CEO of CRAA, began the tour in the Emergency Operations Center. The students were fascinated to learn that CRAA has its own fire, police, and communications departments among other departments. Ms. Roberts explained to the group that the airport is like a city within a city. A member of the Police Department also spoke about airport safety and security and showed the students the Communications Room where dispatchers answer calls and monitor over 700 cameras around Port Columbus International Airport, Rickenbacker Airport, and Bolton Field. The students were then showed the area where baggage is placed after checking into an airline, and learned that the specific in-line system used by TSA to monitor baggage was put into place after the 9/11 attacks and the cost of the equipment was over $35 million.

The tour concluded in the terminal where students were shown the area of the airport that is currently under construction and it was explained that the renovations to the terminal are projected to amount to be around $80 million. Ms. Roberts pointed out local shops, restaurants, and artwork in the terminal and said they are a point of pride for the CRAA. She explained that Port Columbus is like the front door to the city and should showcase how wonderful Columbus is. This is the second tour to take place at CRAA with the WTS Columbus Transportation YOU program.



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