Safety

Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show Spectator Guidelines     

We are happy to have you, your friends and your family as our guests here at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. We will do everything to ensure that your air show experience is safe and enjoyable, and every effort will be made to minimize delays in entering and leaving the air show.

We ask for your cooperation in keeping potentially dangerous items safely outside the flight line gates.  At the entry points to the air show flight line, all bags will have the potential to be quickly inspected and all individuals are subject to search prior to entering the air show flight line.

Upon arrival to the entrance lines, large bags/backpacks, large ice chests and coolers will not be permitted. It is recommended that spectators minimize the number and size of permitted items to reduce the inspection time prior to access into the flight line area.  There will be a First Aid tent with medics on site in case an emergency were to occur, along with a Lost Kids tent.  Please download the site map for an exact location of these tents, which can be found under the General Info tab at www.tuscaloosaairshow.com.

Please note:
• Unattended bags and packages will be removed from the premises
• Sun protection, including hat, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and sun screen are recommended
• Water will be available for sale throughout the Air Show area
• Wear comfortable footgear; the flight line is paved and you may walk long distances

Smoking:
Smoking is not permitted near aircraft or in hangars, including the Air Show Expo and static display area.

Motorcycle Safety:
Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear helmets, reflective vests and long sleeves.

The National Safety Council believes that defensive driving applies to people who push bike pedals as well as to those who push gas pedals:
• Obey traffic rules. Cyclists must follow the same rules as vehicle drivers.

  1. Know your bike's capabilities.
  2. Ride in single file with traffic, not against it. Bicycling two abreast can be dangerous.
  3. Stay as far right on the pavement as possible, watching for opening car doors, sewer gratings, soft shoulders, broken glass and other debris. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
  4. Make safe turns and cross intersections with care. Signal turns half a block before the intersection, using the correct hand signals (left arm straight out for left turn; left forearm up for right turn).

• Never hitch on cars.
• Before riding into traffic, stop, look left, right, left again, and over your shoulder.

  1. During the day or when visibility is good, wear bright/light clothing. At night or when visibility is poor, wear reflective clothing.
  2. Make sure the bicycle has the right safety equipment, a red rear reflector and white front reflector; a red or colorless spoke reflector on the front wheel; pedal reflectors; a horn or bell; a light; and a rear-view mirror.

Use your head: Wear a helmet. Head injuries cause about 75 percent of all bicycling fatalities. The first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain from injury, the results can be disastrous.  It is clear that taking precautions in traffic and wearing protective equipment are a cyclist's best shields against accidents.

Prohibited items: 

The following items will not be permitted on the flight line and are subject to confiscation:

  1. Weapons (regardless of permit) including firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), replica or toy weapons, pepper spray or stun guns
  2. Food and beverages, including non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, unless purchased from approved vendors
  3. Ice chests or coolers larger than 2 gallons
  4. Pets, other than service animals
  5. Glass containers
  6. Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, (kick and electric) scooters or skateboards
  7. Backpacks/Bags larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (standard backpacks)

Permitted items:    

The following items are permitted on the flight line. All permitted items will be inspected prior to admission to the flight line. It is strongly recommended that spectators minimize the number and size of permitted items to reduce access time into the flight line area.

  1. Children's wagons (non-motorized)
  2. Small or medium (hand carried) ice chests or coolers (No crushed ice, ice packs only)
  3. Standard backpacks
  4. PCS/cellular phones, pagers and FRS transceivers
  5. Handheld portable televisions, radios and VHF scanners
  6. Fanny packs and purses, or bags 8 1/2 x 11 inches or smaller
  7. Cameras and camcorders
  8. Folding chairs and lawn chairs
  9. Hand held umbrellas
  10. Strollers and wheelchairs
  11. Baby diaper bags and strollers, if attending with an infant or small child (Stroller parking is available in a designated area behind the grandstands. Strollers are not permitted in the grandstand seating area.)