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NASA Policies Regarding Visitors
January 31, 2013


NASA is committed to maintaining the security not only of our personnel, property and information, but our visitors as well. The following policies have been established for your protection.

NASA is a part of the Federal Government and both Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station are federal reservations subject to unique rules and regulations that may supersede those of the State of Ohio and local municipalities.

All adult visitors are required to present government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license. Lawful permanent residents are required to present their Permanent Resident Card. This includes bus drivers for scheduled groups.

The tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. All visitors who are U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older, are required to present government-issued photo identification to security at Glenn’s main gate. All Lawful permanent residents 18 years of age or older must present a permanent resident card (green card) before being allowed entry. Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the center.

Access is restricted to United States citizens, foreign national students in Grades K-12 and lawful permanent residents on scheduled facility tours.

NASA policy for entry into, continued presence on or exiting from this real property, facility, or installation is contingent upon the visitor's consent to inspection of his person, and property in his possession or under his control. Therefore, all vehicles and bags are subject to inspection and visitors may experience a slight delay upon entering the center. Please factor this potential delay into your schedule.

Unauthorized carrying, transporting, or otherwise introducing or causing to be introduced, or using firearms or other dangerous weapons, explosives or other incendiary devices, or other dangerous instrument, substance, or material likely to produce substantial injury or damage to persons or property, into or upon this real property, facility, or installation, is prohibited. Inspectors will be obligated to retain and turn over to cognizant law enforcement officials any evidence found in the course of the inspection which appears to represent an immediate threat to safety or security, the possession of which is reasonably believed to constitute a felony or which has been identified to be of interest in a criminal investigation. Under federal law, 18 United States Code Section 930, it is illegal to have a firearm in a building or part of a building owned or leased by the federal government where federal employees are regularly present for performing their duties. Therefore, Ohio Concealed Carry permits cannot be honored.

See below for a list of items that will not be allowed through the security checkpoint.

Visitors will only be allowed to take pictures at the Briefing Center and inside facilities designated as tour stops during scheduled tours led by a NASA escort. During a walking tour, visitors may not use their cameras but may ask a NASA escort to take a picture using the visitor’s camera.  If uncertain, visitors should check with a member of the NASA staff. Visitors observed taking pictures beyond these areas may have their camera and/or film (or digital media) confiscated.

It is the policy of the center that dogs, cats or other animals may not be brought on to NASA Glenn property for other than official purposes. Vehicles transporting animals will be denied access, regardless of the use of cages or other carriers. This policy does not apply to "seeing eye dogs," other guide dogs, and animals used to guide and assist persons with disabilities.

The following items should not be brought on to NASA property and are subject to confiscation. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. In addition to items specifically listed here other items that may be deemed to present a potential threat may also be prohibited.

  • Ammunition
  • Billy clubs
  • Blackjacks
  • Bows and arrows
  • Brass knuckles
  • Disabling chemicals or gases
  • Edged Weapons
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Illegal drugs/paraphernalia
  • Nunchakus
  • Projectile weapons
  • Stun guns/shocking devices
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