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NASA Policies Regarding Visitors for Public Open Houses
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.

Foreign National Visitors

Foreign nationals must present a Permanent Resident Card, Passport with Visa if not from a Visa waiver country, or a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. Please note that citizens of countries designated because of a special concern or interest by the U.S. government may be denied access. Foreign nationals should call (216) 433-2291 in advance to determine their country's status.

Inspection Notice

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 bags are subject to inspection and visitors may experience a slight delay before boarding a shuttle bus. Please factor this potential delay into your schedule.

Weapons Ban

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.


No bottles, cans, thermos bottles, coolers, cups, hard sided containers, squeeze bottles, or any plastic beverage containers are permitted to be carried into NASA. Single-serve juice boxes are permitted as well as food items if carried in a soft-sided container. Smaller bags and other articles will be subject to inspection prior to boarding any shuttle buses.


No alcohol or illegal drugs may be brought on to any shuttle buses. Anyone observed breaking the law; underage drinking or using illegal drugs, will be subject to immediate ejection and criminal prosecution.

Restricted Areas

Visitors must remain within designated buildings and marked walkways. All safety and security stanchions and barricades must be honored.


There is no smoking in any building, within 50 feet of any building or areas designated with "No Smoking" signs.


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.

Cameras, Video Cameras and Cellular Phones

Cameras and video cameras are permitted as long as their use does not interfere with other guests' enjoyment of the event. Cellular Phones are allowed as long as they do not distract from the enjoyment if the event by other guests. All such items including media storage devices are subject to inspection.


By attending this event and being on NASA premises, visitors understand that their likenesses may be photographed and/or videotaped. Visitors hereby grant to NASA the right, without fee, to make and use such photos and/or videotape recordings containing their likeness and in connection with the subject production in any manner or form and for any lawful purpose at any time. Visitors waive any right that they may have to review or approve the finished product, or the use to which it may be applied. They release and discharge NASA, its employees and its contractors, from any liability by virtue of any representation that may occur in the making or editing of said photos and/or videotape recordings.

Banned Items List

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