AOA (Airport Operations Area)

The Airport Operations Area (AOA) consists of all restricted ground areas of the airport, including taxiways, runways, loading ramps, and parking areas. In other words, everything inside the perimeter fence. The AOA is usually divided into two distinct areas: the movement area and the non-movement area.

ATOs (Airline Ticketing Offices)

The Airline Ticketing Offices (ATOs) are the ticket counters at the airport.

BIDS (Baggage Information Display System)

The Baggage Information Display System (BIDS) direct passengers to their baggage carousels and helps handlers efficiently find and unload luggage at the correct carousel.

BHS (Baggage Handling System)

The Baggage Handling System (BHS) is a type of conveyor system installed in airports that transports checked luggage from ticket counters to areas where the bags can be loaded onto airplanes. The BHS also transports checked baggage coming from airplanes to baggage claims or to an area where the bag can be loaded onto another airplane.

ConRAC (Consolidated Rental Car Facility)

A Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC) is a complex that hosts numerous rental car agencies.

CUPPS (Common Use Passenger Processinig Systems)

Common Use Passenger Processing Systems (CUPPS) are the newest standardized system platforms that allow air carrier applications the ability to be run anywhere on any CUPPS providers’ platform. CUPPS is an overhaul of the common use terminal equipment (CUTE) standard.

CUSS (Common Use Self Service)

Common Use Self Service (CUSS) is a shared kiosk offering airport check-in to passengers without the need for ground staff.

FIDS (Flight Information Display System)

Flight Information Display System (FIDS) is a computer system used in airports to display flight information to passengers, in which a computer system controls mechanical or electronic display boards or TV screens in order to display arrivals and departures flight information in real-time.

FIS (Federal Inspection Services)

The Federal Inspection Services (FIS) clears international air or rail cargo and agricultural products. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency is the primary authority for assessing and collecting duties, taxes and fees on imported goods.

FOD (Foreign Object Debris)

Foreign Object Debris (FOD) is any object that does not belong in or near airplanes and, as a result, can injure airport or airline personnel and damage airplanes. FOD at airports can cause damage that costs airlines, airports, and airport tenants millions of dollars every year.

GIDS (Gate Information Display System)

Gate Information Display Systems (GIDS) offers additional information such as aircraft type, destination weather and arrival time in real time.

PBBs (Passenger Boarding Bridges)

Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) are an enclosed, movable connector which extends from an airport terminal gate to an airplane, allowing passengers to board and disembark without going outside. Depending on building design, sill heights, fueling positions and operational requirements, it may be fixed or movable, swinging radially or extending in length.

RIDS (Ramp Info Display System)

Ramp Info Display Systems (RIDS) clearly show flight numbers, status codes and estimated departure times. They help ground crews decrease airplane service time between flights.

RON (Remain Over Night Stand)

Remain Over Night Stand (RON) is when an aircraft remains overnight at the airport, either at the gate, remote parking stand or hangar. Airlines take advantage of RONs to perform maintenance, cleaning, etc. on the aircraft.

SIDA (Secure Identification Display Area)

Secure Identification Display Areas (SIDA) is a special security area designated by an airport operator in the US to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. An identification system must be used in this area. Before allowing unescorted access to this area, a person must be trained and their background investigated.

TAMS (Total Airport Management System)

Total Airport Management System (TAMS) is an integrated airport management system. The system interfaces and integrates the majority of electronic information within the airport, assuring maximum flow of information for operations, management and security.