Walla Walla Regional Airport in Washington Upgrades with Boon Edam Security Entrance

Revolving doors will prevent passengers from returning to the tarmac or parked planes without going through security again.

LILLINGTON, N.C. — Boon Edam, a leading company in security entrances and architectural revolving doors in the Americas, announced on Tuesday that Walla Walla Regional Airport in Washington has installed a Boom Edam revolving door to upgrade security and ensure tighter Transportation Safety Administration compliance.

The original airport building was constructed in 2000. As built, there were two sliding doors that passengers entered through between the main terminal and the tarmac.

“The sliding door arrangement allowed passengers to exit the airplane, walk on a designated walkway and enter the lobby waiting area,” said Jennifer Skoglund, airport manager at Walla Walla Regional Airport. “Unfortunately, passengers could go back out the doors if they forgot something on the plane.”

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TSA security protocols require that once passengers have entered a non-secure area, such as the terminal building, or passed a certain point in other airports, they cannot backtrack and certainly should not be able to return to the tarmac or to the parked planes in the secure area without first having to go through security again.

“We had a few instances where passengers breached the sliding doors and went back outside towards the aircraft, where airline personnel stopped them and returned them to the terminal building,” Skoglund said.

Walla Walla airport worked with the FAA to secure Airport Improvement Funds to make renovations and purchase a new Boon Edam Tourlock 120S one-way security revolving door, which was commissioned into service in February 2015. Now, passengers enter the building from the tarmac first through a sliding door and then flow into the revolving door that deposits them into the terminal. If people attempt to go the wrong way, the weight detection mats on the floor and the overhead sensors signal the door to stop and an audible message instructs the person to back out of the door.

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