Burbank Airport Director of Public Safety
Since assuming the new position of director of public safety in
December 2001, Mike Post said there has been constant change at the
Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport.
“We’ve had all kinds of construction or hardware-related projects
going on since 9/11 to make this place safer from attack by not just
terrorists, but criminals, deranged people or whoever it might be,”
Post was selected for the position in the wake of the 2001
terrorist attacks. He was hired on a one-year contract, which was
renewed unanimously by the Airport Authority through the end of 2003.
During his tenure, airport security has been in the national
spotlight. Everyone from local police to the National Guard have
patrolled the airport at some time since, but the major lasting
change was the changeover to federal baggage screeners through the
Transportation Security Administration.
While he must coordinate security with multiple agencies, Post
said each has clearly defined responsibilities and airport police are
the sole enforcement arm for all.
“Whenever it comes to who’s the badge and gun at the airport, it’s
all us,” he said.
One of Post’s major goals is to hire enough officers so airport
police no longer have to contract Burbank and Glendale police. While
that and other goals remain on the horizon, Post said the airport has
avoided many of the problems that have plagued other terminals.
“We’re not evacuating the terminal all the time, we’re not having
security breaches all the time -- we really have good solid effective
teamwork between the airlines, feds and the airport,” he said.