An airport badge is required for all employees and tenants working/operating inside the air operations area (AOA) and any contractors performing work unescorted. The badging process encompasses several steps and generally takes several days to be completed, so please plan to allow ample time to complete the process before needing to use your badge. The badging process is as follows:
Step 1 - Pay for your badge in the Airport Authority Office (located on the second floor of the terminal)
Step 2 - First trip to the Public Safety Department (PSD) located at 3808 Winters Rd (Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm).
Bring your completed Access Control Media Application. Make sure your supervisor/leaser has signed the application, without this signature your application cannot be processed.
If your supervisor wants you to receive escorting privileges, you will need to have the Escort Procedures Form completed. This must also be signed by your supervisor.
Step 3 - Second trip to the Public Safety Department located at 3808 Winters Rd (Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm). You will be notified by PSD or your supervisor when your application process has reached step 3.
NON-SIDA badge applicants- your badge will be printed upon your arrival.
SIDA badge applicants- you will have to complete the SIDA training and successfully pass a test. This process can take up to an hour, so please plan accordingly.
If you’ll be operating or escorting vehicles and/or equipment, please read the “Driver’s Testing” section below for additional required steps
For Supervisors/Tenants - PSD must have an updated copy of your organization's Authorized Signatory/s. If you are needing to add an individual or update your current signatories, fill out the Authorized Signatory Form and return to PSD.
All badged individuals who operate or escort vehicles and/or equipment in the Airport Operations Area must receive Driving Privileges from the Airport prior to doing so.
To receive Driving Privileges, you must:
Possess a valid State issued driver’s license
Possess a valid Airport issued ID Badge
Undergo driver training with your employer
Thoroughly read and review the applicable Movement or Non-Movement Driver’s Training Manual
Pass the Airport Driver’s Test with a score of 90% or greater
Additionally, all drivers are required to take a recurrent Driver’s Test annually and score 90% or greater to maintain their Driving Privileges. Company supervisors will be contacted by the Airport Operations Department when employees are due for testing. Any driver that fails to take or pass the recurrent Driver Test within the month due will have their badge deactivated.
Location: Airport Operations Office, 3801 W. Ferguson Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809. The Airport Operations Office is located inside the Terminal between the TSA Checkpoint and Baggage Claim.
Testing is available:
April through October – Monday through Friday, 7:30am-9:30am and, Monday through Thursday, 5pm-7pm
November through March – Monday through Friday, 7:30am-9:30am and, Sunday through Wednesday, 5pm-7pm
All persons must bring a valid State issued driver’s licenseand their valid Airport issued ID Badge with them to the testing appointment or the test will be denied.
Fort Wayne International Airport Takes Precautions for COVID-19
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) is taking the necessary steps to make sure that Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) remains a safe and healthy environment for all passengers, guests, and employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport continue to be open and operational. The Airport Authority offices are open on an adjusted schedule: 8am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday with the office closed from 11:30am - 12:30pm for lunch.
Continue to Mask Up
While the statewide Mask Mandate has been lifted, Fort Wayne International Airport continues to ask all passengers, guests, and employees to wear a mask at the airport. FWA is following the security directive issued by the the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) by Executive Order from President Biden. As of April 30, 2021 TSA has extended the face mask requirement through January 18, 2022. TSA has developed requirements in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The full security directive can be read here.
All passengers, guests, and employees in the airport terminal's indoor public spaces will need to continue to wear a mask, or face covering of some kind, while at FWA. FWA and Airport Authority employees will also be following this requirement when out and about in the terminal building.
Keeping FWA Safe and Healthy
FWA is using a cleaning product that is an approved sanitizer against the human Coronavirus.
Staff is wiping down high touch points multiple times daily. - This includes doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, ticket counters, seating areas, restrooms, etc.
Additional hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the terminal building.
Airline, TSA, restaurant, and car rental staff are paying special attention to sanitizing their leased areas and counter spaces.
Plastic sneeze guards have been installed at all airline tickets counters, car rental counter, gate podiums, and the Airport Authority front desk.
Social distancing markers have been placed on areas where lines may form.
The Airport Authority is encouraging passengers to stay informed and contact their air carrier with specific questions about their flight via their websites, customer service departments, and social media.
Due to COVID-19, further precautionary measures have been taken to protect both staff and the traveling public at FWA.
Valet Parking Services have been suspended and all paid parking lots have been transitioned to credit card only in efforts to decrease person-to-person contact.
The Airport’s Customer Service Agent (CSA) program has resumed in a reduced capacity and limited schedule.
FWA’s Hospitality Host Program, which are volunteers that hand out cookies and assist passengers with questions about NE Indiana, are returning to the airport on a limited basis. Prepackaged, individually wrapped cookies will be available for passengers via the Cookie Kiosk located near security exit when volunteers are not on duty.
The restaurant is open, but may have special precautions and procedures in place.
The Airport Authority Administrative Offices are closed to the public, and no one will be allowed in without a pre-existing appointment or special circumstance.
Lost and Found items falling under certain categories outlined by Airport Authority staff may be kept for a shorter period of time before being disposed of, if not claimed.
Passengers keep possession of boarding passes. Instead of handing their boarding pass to a TSA officer at the travel document podium, travelers should now place their boarding pass (paper or electronic) on the boarding pass reader themselves.
Separate food for X-ray screening. Passengers should place their carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag and place that bag into a bin. TSA Precheck members do not need to remove items from their bags.
Pack smart. Passengers should take extra care to ensure that they do not have any prohibited items, such as liquids, gels or aerosols in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces, in their carry-on bags (water bottles, shampoo). In response to COVID-19, TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags.
Practice social distancing. Passengers should allow for social distancing to reduce direct contact between employees and travelers whenever possible without compromising security. Noticeable adjustments leading up to the security checkpoint include, increasing the distance between individuals as they enter the security checkpoint, placing visual reminders of appropriate spacing on checkpoint floors and staggering the use of lanes where feasible.
Wear facial protection. TSA officers at checkpoints are now using facial protection. Travelers are encouraged to wear face protection to the checkpoint as well. Please note, however, passengers may need to adjust it during the screening process.
Real ID Deadline Extended. You now have until May 3, 2023 to upgrade your license to a Real ID. Following May 3, 2023 a Real ID will be mandatory in order to fly.