Operations & Public Safety

Passenger Safety is Top Priority at RNO

We Move You, Safely

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority’s Operations and Public Safety Department includes police, security, and aircraft rescue and firefighting teams that provide 24/7 public safety and security. Emergency management is coordinated through the airport’s Emergency Operations Center.

You can feel safe while traveling through our airport. Here are some of the security resources available should you need help:

  • In case of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Report suspicious activity or unattended items immediately to RNO personnel or Airport Communications at (775) 328-6999.
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    Airport Police

    The RNO Airport Police Department oversees the safety of RNO, its employees, and the traveling public by preserving and protecting public peace and safety, aviation security, and airport law enforcement. Airport Police have Transportation Security Administration (TSA) trained canine teams to assist with security at RNO.

  • RNO Fire Department

    Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting

    The Reno-Tahoe International Airport Fire Department protects life and property through firefighting and EMS activities, and manages the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF), paramedic, structural, training and inspections at RNO. 

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    Security Checkpoint & TSA

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for managing and operating the passenger security screening checkpoints at all U.S. airports. TSA officials receive thorough safety and sensitivity training to ensure every passenger is respectfully screened. Please cooperate during the screening process to avoid delay.

Airfield Condition Report

Click on the link below to access airfield condition reports.  Real-time updates are made during snow events and other major inclement weather events.

KRNO Conditions
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    RNO Rules and Regulations

    The RNO Rules and Regulations are intended to ensure safe and efficient operations at RNO, and apply to RTAA staff, Airport tenants and their employees, persons conducting business at RNO, and the general public using the Airport’s facilities.

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    Federal Aviation Administration

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controls all aircraft movements in the air and on the taxiways and runways of the airport.

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    Tarmac Delay Plan

    RNO has prepared this Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan pursuant to 49 U, S, C, §42301 – which describes how RNO would safely provide for passengers and share facilities following excessive tarmac delays.

RNO Security

Airport Operation Specialists


RNO’s Airport Operation Specialists (AOS) are responsible for vehicle inspection, monitoring airfield access gates in order to ensure compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations, and quality and compliance of ground security services activities including monitoring the front curb. 

Drone Safety


Drone operators must receive authorization by the Federal Aviation Administration prior to operation in controlled airspace. Drone, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), operators should avoid flying near RNO because it is difficult for manned aircraft to see and avoid drones. Airspace authorizations come with altitude limitations and may include other operational provisions. Controlled airspace and other flying restrictions can be found on the FAA’s B4UFLY app.