A disgruntled employee will be causing trouble at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Saturday morning.
But the employee’s actions will be part of a drill the airport is having from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The drill is a Federal Aviation Regulation requirement that must be staged every three years, said Anthony Williams, the airport’s police chief.
The drill is used to evaluate response times of emergency personnel involved in an actual emergency.
Wilson said the airport has an emergency plan that is activated as a result of the drill.
“That gives us a chance to tweak it (the plan) after the drill. We can see what things went right or if we have to change or improve anything,” Wilson said.
The FAA requires that ? “Each airport operator shall develop and maintain an airport emergency plan designed to minimize the possibility and extent of personal injury and property damage on the airport in an emergency.”
All commercial airports are required by the FAA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to hold a disaster drill at least once every three years to ensure coordination with law enforcement, fire fighting and rescue agencies, and medical resources, Wilson said.
The drill will include all mutual aid agencies, such as the Baton Rouge Police Department and the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
“Saturday we will have a disgruntled employee who has plans to do something to harm the airport or an airplane,” Wilson said.
There will be a staged incident involving an airplane, a second event near the airplane and an active shooter scenario, Wilson said. The drill also will incorporate a weapons of mass destruction scenario.
The drill will be staged on the west ramp of the airport near the new cargo buildings, Wilson said.
Wilson said the drill will not affect airport operations or arriving and departing flights.
Some people who live near the airport may hear sirens, minor explosions and see smoke coming from the airport during the hours of the drill, Wilson said.
“We make sure to have an extra dispatcher working that day because we will get calls. We always get calls,” Wilson said.