Media Guide

For press inquiries, please contact:

Janet Zink, Assistant Vice President of Media and Government Relations               
Office: (813) 554-1460
Cell: (813) 220-8279

Emily Nipps, Communications Manager
Office: (813) 554-1452
Cell: (813) 520-7793

Christine Osborn, Communications Manager
Office: (813) 870-7862
Cell: (813) 927-9704

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For a quick guide to TPA facts and figures, view the Airport Fact Sheet.

Media Parking

Media representatives on assignment at the Airport can park in the Short Term Garage at no cost. Have your parking ticket validated by a Guest Services Representative at one of the information desks on Level 3 of the Main Terminal or the front desk of the Aviation Authority located on Level 3 of the Main Terminal near the entrances to the Airside F shuttle.

The Aviation Authority also has designated parking spaces for over-sized trucks or vans. To access those spaces, follow the signs to the Tampa Airport Marriott. Look for the sign listing red-side airlines that also says Marriott Hotel. Just past that, on the curb on the left, is a black sign that says Hotel + Terminal. Just before that black sign is a small road. Turn left onto that road. (It’s easy to miss, so drive slowly.) At the stop sign at the end of this short road, go right and take the first left where it says “restricted vehicles only.”


If there is an emergency at Tampa International Airport or one of the general aviation airports that is expected to generate extensive media attention, appropriate airport personal will provide updates and briefings to the media at regular intervals. If the emergency occurs at Tampa International, briefings will be in the Aviation Authority's Board room, located on the third floor of the Main Terminal. 

Media will be permitted access to the scene of the emergency or incident as soon as practicable after the scene has been declared secure. The assembly point for media to access an airfield scene at Tampa International Airport is gate SR-3 which is located north of the airport hotel. No representative of the media may enter aircraft movement areas or security areas without an Aviation Authority escort.

The ninth level of the Short Term Parking Garage offers an excellent vantage point of all movement areas at Tampa International Airport. This location is recommended for media representatives desiring to film airfield accidents or incidents. The news media will have the same access as extended to the general public. The media will not be allowed to interfere with the pedestrian or vehicle flow of the general public or with airline, airport, tenant and concessionaire operations.

During an aircraft accident, access to passengers may be subject to approval by the involved Aviation Authority, airline, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Transportation Safety Board, Transportation Security Administration and/or the Department of Homeland Security.

Agencies Involved in Emergency Situations

Tampa International Airport Operations Department
The Operations Department assumes operational control of the Airport during aircraft emergency situations.

Tampa International Airport Police Department
The Airport Police Department is responsible for establishing and maintaining a security line at the incident site and ingress/egress points. The law enforcement officers will also maintain patrol of the airfield area.

Tampa International Airport Aircraft Rescue and FireFighting (ARFF)
The Airport ARFF crews (Tampa Fire Rescue) are responsible for firefighting and emergency medical rescue operations at TPA as well as water rescue.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The NTSB and the FAA are the federal agencies that investigate aircraft accidents. They also take custody of the aircraft and its contents from the time fire rescue activities are concluded until a full investigation is completed, or a release is given. Upon the arrival of the NTSB investigating team, the Aviation Authority's communications staff may assume a support role to the NTSB or the FAA at their request. 

Involved Airline
The involved airline is responsible for providing information regarding passengers aboard the aircraft and any detailed information about the flight, flight activities and the aircraft. The passenger list will not become public until families have been notified.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
The TSA has jurisdiction over hijacked aircraft while in flight. “In flight” is defined as the point that the doors are closed for normal operations to the point the doors are open for normal disembarkation. As a result, a plane can be on the ground and still be considered in flight. The TSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will work very closely in this type of incident. The Federal Security Director (FSD) is the local authority and will command all resources necessary to manage a hijacking incident, including directing local law enforcement until the FBI is on site and incident command shifts for interdiction.

Emergency Categories

Alert 1 (precautionary landing/take off)
Tampa Tower personnel will normally advise Tampa Fire Rescue that a potential emergency exists that may require dispatch of emergency equipment at a later time. Emergency equipment will usually be on stand-by in quarters.

Alert 2 (potential emergency)
Tampa Tower personnel advise Tampa Fire Rescue that a potential emergency exists requiringimmediate dispatch of emergency equipment to appropriate standby positions on the Airport.

Alert 3 (accident)
Tampa Tower personnel will advise Tampa Fire Rescue that an accident has occurred or is imminent requiring immediate dispatch of emergency equipment to the scene of the emergency to commence fire fighting and/or rescue operations.

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