Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

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Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
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Act
49 of 1979

Amended by
36 of 1985

*26 of 1987
11 of 1990
6 of 1991

28 of 1993
4 of 2007

30 of 2007

*See Note on page 2

AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ACT

CHAPTER 49:02

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Index of Subsidiary Legislation

Page

Designation of Airports Notification (69/1978) … … … … 31

*Airports (Restricted Areas) Order (82/1978) … … … … 34

Airports Regulations (LN 56/1987) … … … … 36

Note on Act No. 26 of 1987
(New Title and Validation)

The former title of this Act (i.e., the Airports Authority) was changed to its present title (i.e.,
the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago Act) by Act No. 26 of 1987, and all acts and
things done, purported to be done or omitted to be done by any person under or in pursuance
of the powers conferred by the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago Act were validated
by the said Act No. 26 of 1987.

*Note on Legal Notice No. 82/1978
Airports (Restricted Areas) Order deemed to be made under section 31

Section 31 of the Act has been repealed and replaced by a new section 31 (see Act No. 28
of 1993) which empowered the Minister to make an Order declaring a part of an airport
to be a “restricted area”. In accordance with the new section 31, this Order has been
amended accordingly.

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CHAPTER 49:02

AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.

PART I

PRELIMINARY

2. Interpretation.

PART II

ESTABLISHMENT, POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE
AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

3. Establishment, incorporation, and constitution of Authority.

4. Establishment and constitution of Security Committee.

5. Functions of the Security Committee.

6. Custody and use of Seal.

7. Meetings.

8. Power to appoint and train.

9. Transfer and secondment of officers.

9A. Transfer of staff to joint venture or other.

10. Establishment of Pension Scheme.

11. Content of the Pension Scheme.

12. Functions of the Authority.

12A. Powers of the Authority.

13. Power to delegate.

PART III

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

14. Financial year.

15. Funds and resources of the Authority.

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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS—Continued

SECTION

17. Borrowing powers.

18. (Repealed by Act No. 28 of 1993).

19. Accounts and records of the Authority.

20. Examination and audit by Auditor General.

21. Annual report.

22. Budget.

23. Bad debts.

PART IV

PENALTIES FOR UNLAWFUL ACTS AGAINST
SAFETY OF AIRCRAFT

24. Destroying, damaging or endangering safety of aircraft.

25. Other acts endangering or likely to endanger safety of aircraft.

26. Inducing or assisting commission of offences under sections 24
and 25.

27. Penalties and proceedings.

28. Extradition.

PART V

SECURITY OF AIRCRAFT, AIRPORTS AND AIR
NAVIGATION INSTALLATIONS AGAINST

ACTS OF VIOLENCE
29. Police Service responsible for airport security.

30. Right of access of police officer.

31. Declaration of restricted areas.

32. Provisions relating to restricted areas.

33. Taking firearms, explosives, etc., on aircraft.

34. Search of persons, baggage and cargo.

35. Search of persons declining to allow search.

36. Evidence of offences.

37. General powers of arrest.

38. Inspection of aircraft and airports.

39. Additional powers of police in cargo area.

40. Powers conferred on police.

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SECTION

41. Offences and penalties.

42. Purposes to which Part V applies.

PART VI

GENERAL

43. Regulations.

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49 of 1979.

Commencement.
13/1980.

Short title.
[26 of 1987].

Interpretation.
[28 of 1993].

CHAPTER 49:02

AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF TRINIDAD AND
TOBAGO ACT

An Act to provide for the establishment, incorporation and
management of an Airports Authority of Trinidad and
Tobago, so as to ensure the provision of efficient, secure
and safe aviation services.

[4TH FEBRUARY 1980]

1. This Act may be cited as the Airports Authority of
Trinidad and Tobago Act.

PART I

PRELIMINARY

2. (1) In this Act—
“aircraft operating in Trinidad and Tobago” means any aircraft

which is for the time being allocated for use on flights that
(otherwise than in exceptional circumstances) include take
off from or landing at an airport in Trinidad and Tobago;

“air navigation installation” means any building, facility, works,
apparatus or equipment or place used wholly or mainly for
the purpose of assisting air traffic control or as an aid to air
navigation together with land contiguous or adjacent to such
building, facility, works, apparatus or equipment and used
wholly or mainly for purposes connected therewith;

“airport” means any defined area of land or water intended or
designated to be used either wholly or partly for purposes
of the landing, departure, movement and servicing of
aircraft; and includes any buildings, installations and
equipment on or adjacent to such area and used for such or
related purposes;

“Authority” means the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
established under section 3;

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“ammunition” has the meaning assigned to it by section 2 of the
Firearms Act, and includes anything declared by Order of
the Minister to be ammunition;

“Defence Force” means the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
established by section 5 of the Defence Act;

“explosive” has the meaning assigned to it by section 2 of the
Explosives Act and includes anything declared by Order of
the Minister to be an explosive;

“firearm” has the meaning assigned to it by section 2 of the
Firearms Act, and includes anything declared by Order of
the Minister to be a firearm;

“former Authority” means the Airports Authority of Trinidad and
Tobago established under section 22 of the Aviation Security
and Airports Management Act 1978 (repealed by this Act);

“military service” includes a naval or airforce service;

“Minister” means, subject to section 3(1), the Minister
responsible for Civil Aviation;

“operator” in relation to an aircraft means the person for the time
being having the management of an aircraft;

“person” includes an individual, an incorporated and
unincorporated body;

“police officer” has the meaning assigned to it by section 3(2) of
the Police Service Act and includes—

(a) a member of the Special Reserve Police
established by the Special Reserve Police Act; and

(b) any person to whom a precept has been issued
under the Supplemental Police Act;

“property” includes land, building installations or works, any
aircraft or vehicle and any baggage, cargo or other article of
any description;

“restricted area” means an area declared by the Minister, by
Order, under section 31 to be a restricted area.

Ch. 16:01.

Ch. 14:01.

Ch. 16:02.

4 of 1978.

Ch. 15:01.

Ch. 15:03.

Ch. 15:02.

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Ch. 3:01.

(2) For the purposes of this Act—
(a) the period during which an aircraft is in flight is

deemed to include—
(i) any period from the moment when all its

external doors are closed following
embarkation until the moment when any of
such doors is opened for disembarkation; and

(ii) in the case of a forced landing, the period
that elapses between such landing and the
assumption by the competent authorities
of responsibility for the aircraft and for
the persons and property on board; and

(b) the period during which an aircraft is in service
shall be deemed to include—

(i) the period which begins with the pre-flight
preparation of the aircraft by ground
personnel or by the aircraft’s crew for a
flight and ends eight hours after the aircraft
lands having completed that flight; and

(ii) the period during which the aircraft is in flight,

and anything done on board an aircraft while in flight over any
part of Trinidad and Tobago shall be treated as having been done
in Trinidad and Tobago.

(3) For the purposes of this Act the territorial sea
adjacent to any part of Trinidad and Tobago is to be treated as
included in that part of Trinidad and Tobago.

(4) Subject to section 62 of the Interpretation Act,
sections 24 to 26 inclusive of this Act are not to be construed as—

(a) conferring a right of action in any civil
proceedings in respect of any contravention of
this Act; or

(b) derogating from any right of action whether civil or
criminal or other remedy arising out of proceedings
instituted otherwise than under this Act.

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Establishment,
incorporation,
and constitution
of Authority.
[4 of 2007].

Establishment
and constitution
of Security
Committee.

PART II

ESTABLISHMENT, POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE
AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

3. (1) There is hereby established a body corporate to be
known as the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago,
hereinafter called “the Authority”, the Board of which shall
consist of not more than ten and no fewer than six members.

(1A) The members of the Board shall be appointed by
the Minister from among persons who are suitably qualified in
the following disciplines:

(a) engineering;
(b) civil aviation;
(c) law;
(d) accounting and finance;
(e) economics and business management; and
(f) security.

(1B) The Minister shall appoint the Chairman and the
Deputy Chairman of the Board.

(2) A member of the Authority shall hold office for such
period as is specified in his instrument of appointment and shall
be eligible for reappointment.

(3) (Deleted by Act No. 4 of 2007).

(4) A member of the Authority may, at any time, resign
his office by instrument in writing addressed to the Minister.

(5) The names of the members comprising the Authority
as constituted under this Act and every change in the membership
thereof shall be published in the Gazette.

(6) (Deleted by Act No. 4 of 2007).

4. There is hereby established a Security Committee which
shall consist of the following members:

(a) a Chairman to be appointed by the Chairman of
the National Security Council;

(b) the Chairman of the Authority;
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Functions of the
Security
Committee.

Custody and use
of Seal.

Meetings.
[4 of 2007].

(d) the Commanding Officer of the Regiment;
(e) the Commissioner of Police;
(f) the Chief Fire Officer; and
(g) a senior officer appointed by the Chairman of

the National Security Council.

5. (1) The Security Committee is responsible for the
maintenance of security at all airports.

(2) The Security Committee is accountable directly to
the Prime Minister and in his absence to the Minister responsible
for National Security.

6. (1) The Seal of the Authority shall be kept in the custody
of the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman or the Secretary, as the
Authority may determine, and may be affixed to instruments in
the presence of the Chairman, or in his absence the Deputy
Chairman, and of the Secretary, pursuant to its Standing Orders
or to a resolution by the Authority.

(2) The Seal of the Authority shall be attested by the
signatures of the Chairman, or in his absence the Deputy
Chairman, and the Secretary.

(3) All documents, other than those required by law to
be under seal, made by, and all decisions of, the Authority may
be signified under the hand of the Chairman or in his absence the
Deputy Chairman or the Secretary.

(4) Service upon the Authority of any notice, order or
other document shall be effected by delivering the same, or by
sending it by registered post addressed to the Secretary, at the
office of the Authority.

7. (1) The Authority shall meet at least once in each month
and at such other times, and at such place, as may be necessary
for the efficient performance of its functions.

(2) The Chairman may at any time call a special meeting
of the Authority and shall call such a meeting within seven days
of the receipt of a requisition for that purpose addressed to him
and signed by any three members.

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Power to
appoint and
train.
[28 of 1993].

Transfer and
secondment of
officers.

(3) The Chairman, or in his absence the Deputy
Chairman, shall preside at all meetings of the Authority and
where both the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman are for any
reason unable to preside at a meeting, the members present may
appoint a member to preside at that meeting.

(4) The quorum shall be constituted by at least half the
number of members appointed to the Board.

(5) Decisions of the Authority shall be adopted by a
majority of the votes and in a case in which the voting is equal,
the person presiding at the meeting shall in addition to his
original vote have a casting vote.

(6) Subject to this section, the Authority may by
Standing Orders regulate its own proceedings.

8. (1) The Authority may appoint, at such remuneration
and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, a General
Manager, a Secretary and such other officers and employees as it
considers necessary or appropriate for the efficient performance
of its functions.

(2) An annual salary in a sum equal to or in excess of
one hundred and thirty thousand dollars, shall not be assigned to
any post in the Authority without the approval of the Minister.

(3) The Authority may provide out of its funds and make
such arrangements for the training of any of its officers or
employees as it may consider expedient for the efficient conduct
of its business.

9. (1) An officer in the public service may, with the
approval of the Minister, be transferred to the service of the
Authority, and upon such transfer shall become a member of the
Pension Scheme referred to in section 10, and, where such
officer’s transfer becomes effective before the establishment of
such Scheme, he shall become a member of the Scheme within
one year of its establishment; and an officer in the service of the
Authority may be transferred to the public service.

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Transfer of staff
to joint venture
or other.
[28 of 1993].

(2) A transfer described in subsection (1) shall be on such
terms as may be acceptable to the President, the Authority and the
officer concerned and the pension or superannuation rights
accruing to the officer at the time of his transfer shall be preserved.

(3) Subject to subsection (4), the Minister may, with the
approval of the appropriate Service Commission, the Authority and
the officer concerned, make appropriate arrangements for the
transfer on secondment of any officer in the public service to the
Authority or from the service of the Authority to the public service.

(4) Where a transfer on secondment contemplated by
subsection (3) is effected, the President or the Authority, as the
case may require, shall make such arrangements as may be
necessary to preserve the rights of the officer so transferred to
any pension, gratuity, or other allowance for which he would
have been eligible had he remained in the public service or in the
service of the Authority, as the case may be.

9A. (1) Where in accordance with this Act, the Authority
holds shares in any company, or enters into agreement with a
company for the execution of any part of its functions, the
Authority may invite any of its officers or employees to transfer
voluntarily to such a company, on terms and conditions that are
no less favourable than those that the officer or employee enjoyed
with the Authority.

(2) An officer or employee to whom subsection (1)
applies, shall be deemed to have transferred his services to the
company voluntarily, unless within three months of the invitation
to do so, he gives notice in writing of his intention not to transfer
from the service of the Authority.

(3) Where an officer or employee has transferred
voluntarily or is deemed to have transferred voluntarily under
subsection (2), service with the Authority shall so far as any
agreement between it and the company allows, be treated as
service under the new company for the purposes of determining
his right to, or eligibility for pension, gratuity, leave, severance or
other benefits.

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Establishment
of Pension
Scheme.

Content of the
Pension
Scheme.

Functions of the
Authority.
[28 of 1993].

(4) Where the service of an officer or employee with
the Authority cannot be treated as continuous for the purpose
of subsection (3), the net benefits due and owing to the officer
or employee at the time of deployment shall be paid to him by
the Authority.

10. The Authority shall, within a period of three years of the
commencement of this Act, with the approval of the Minister,
provide for and establish a Pension Scheme for the benefit of its
officers and employees.

11. Without prejudice to the generality of section 10, the
Pension Scheme may enable the Authority to—

(a) grant gratuities, pensions or superannuation
allowances to, or to the widows, families or
dependants of, its officers and employees;

(b) establish contributory superannuation schemes,
and establish and contribute to superannuation
funds for the benefit of its officers and
employees;

(c) enter into and carry into effect agreements with
any insurance company or other association or
company for securing to any such officer or
employee, or his widow, family or dependant
such gratuities, pensions or allowances as are by
this section authorised to be granted;

(d) give donations or subscriptions to charitable
institutions, sick funds, benevolent funds and
other objects calculated to benefit its officers
and employees.

12. (1) The main function of the Authority is to develop and
manage the business of the airports, including the development,
maintenance or improvement of their facilities in a cost effective
manner, so as to ensure the availability of efficient, secure and
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(2) Notwithstanding section 13, the Authority may with
the approval of the Minister, and for the purpose of facilitating
the proper discharge of its functions, enter into contract with any
person, hold shares in any company or form a joint venture
company, save however, that with respect to—

(a) safety and security at airports; or
(b) supervision and administration of passenger

terminal buildings,

the Authority shall be a majority shareholder in such company, or
joint venture company undertaking those functions, and the financial
statements of such companies shall be audited by the Auditor
General or by a qualified auditor appointed by the Auditor General.

(3) Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (2), the Authority
may, with the approval of the Minister—

(a) engage in any other business, or hold shares in
any company undertaking any other business,
where in either case the business is situated on
land that is in the possession of the Authority or
is related to the functions of the Authority;

(b) invest in marketable securities and such other
investment as may be in the best interest of
the Authority or is related to the functions of
the Authority,

and may also—
(c) sell any related professional Services to any

person in Trinidad and Tobago or elsewhere;

(d) establish or operate at its option an efficient bus
service, or where feasible, grant a contract for the
operation of a bus service to and from an airport;

(e) carry on all other activities the carrying on of
which appear to it to be requisite, advantageous
or convenient for or in connection with the
discharge of its function.

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Powers of the
Authority.
[28 of 1993
4 of 2007].

Ch. 48:50.

Power to
delegate.

Financial year.

Funds and
resources of the
Authority.
[11 of 1990
30 of 2007].

(4) Where in pursuance of this section, the Authority is
required to appoint directors in a company in which it holds
shares, the directors shall be appointed by the Authority with the
approval of the Minister.

12A. (1) For the purpose of performing its functions under
this Act, the Authority—

(a) may impose as it thinks fit, dues, charges and
fees for the use of airport facilities; and

(b) shall, notwithstanding section 108 of the Motor
Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, be responsible
for the control of traffic on all roads within any
area defined as an airport under this Act.

(2) In the performance of its functions and in the
exercise of its powers, the Authority shall act in accordance with
any specific or general written directions given by the Minister.

13. (1) The Authority may delegate to any of its members
or employees the power and authority to carry out on its behalf
such functions and to exercise such powers as the Authority
may determine.

(2) A delegation under this section shall be revocable at
will and shall not preclude the Authority from carrying out the
functions and exercising the powers so delegated.

PART III

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

14. The financial year of the Authority is from the 1st day of
January to the 31st day of December.

15. The funds and resources of the Authority are—
(a) such sums of money as may from time to time

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Vesting.

Borrowing
powers.

(b) sums from time to time received by or falling
due to the Authority in respect of repayment of
any loan made by the Authority;

(c) investments made by the Authority and the
income accruing therefrom;

(d) sums borrowed by the Authority for the purpose
of meeting any of its obligations or discharging
any of its functions;

(e) dues, charges and fees collectable by the
Authority in accordance with this Act and the
Regulations; and

(f) (Deleted by Act No. 30 of 2007);
(g) all other property to which the Authority may

become entitled.

16. (1) Upon the commencement of this Act all the rights,
privileges and advantages, and all the liabilities and obligations
that immediately before the commencement of this Act the
former Authority, was entitled or subject to, are transferred to,
and conferred or imposed upon the Authority for the purposes of
this Act.

(2) A reference in any deed, contract, bond or security or
other document to the former Authority shall, upon the commencement
of this Act, be construed as a reference to the Authority.

(3) Legal proceedings pending immediately before the
commencement of this Act by or against the former Authority may
be continued on and after that day by or against the Authority as
the party to the proceedings instead of the former Authority.

17. (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Authority may borrow
money required by it for the efficient exercise of its functions and
for meeting its obligations.

(2) Borrowing may be effected only with the approval
of the Minister as to the amount, the sources of borrowing and the
terms and conditions of the loan.

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Accounts and
records of the
Authority.

Examination
and audit by
Auditor
General.
[28 of 1993].

Annual report.

(3) Approval of the Minister under subsection (2) may
be either general or limited to a particular transaction and may be
either unconditional or subject to conditions.

18. (Repealed by Act No. 28 of 1993).

19. (1) The Authority shall cause to be kept proper accounts
and records of its transactions and affairs and shall ensure that all
payments out of its funds are properly authorised and correctly
made and that adequate control is maintained over the incurring
of expenditure.

(2) Accounts of the Authority shall be kept in
accordance with accounting standards established by the Institute
of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago.

20. (1) The accounts of the Authority shall be audited
annually by the Auditor General, or by a qualified auditor,
appointed by the Auditor General.

(2) In addition to the annual audit, the Auditor General
may at any time audit the accounts and examine the records of
financial transactions of the Authority and shall forthwith draw to
the attention of the Minister any irregularity disclosed by such
audit and examination, which, in the opinion of the Auditor
General, is of sufficient importance to be reported to the Minister.

(3) The Authority shall provide the Auditor General or
other qualified auditor with all necessary and appropriate
facilities for the examination of the accounts and records.

(4) The Auditor General or such other qualified auditor
may make copies of or take extracts from accounts, books or
other financial records of the Authority.

21. (1) The Authority shall, not later than the 30th day of
June in each year submit to the Minister a report of its operations
during the previous financial year, together with financial
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Budget.

Bad debts.

(2) The report shall give particulars of any directions of
the Minister given to the Board with respect to the exercise of its
functions.

(3) Before submitting the financial statements to the
Minister, the Authority shall submit them to the Auditor General
who shall report thereon, indicating—

(a) whether the statements are based on proper
accounts and records;

(b) whether the statements are in agreement with
such accounts and records and fairly show the
financial transactions and state of affairs of the
Authority;

(c) whether the receipt, expenditure and investment
of moneys, and the acquisition and disposal of
assets, by the Authority during the year have
been in accordance with this Act; and

(d) any other matters arising out of the financial
statements as, in his opinion, ought to be
reported to the Minister.

(4) As soon as practicable after the report and financial
statements of the Authority, together with the report of the
Auditor General are received by him, the Minister shall cause
them to be laid before the Senate and the House of
Representatives.

22. (1) The Authority shall, not later than the first day of
July in each year, prepare and submit to the Minister the
estimates of revenue and expenditure of the Authority for the
next financial year.

(2) Estimates shall be prepared in such form as the
Minister may direct.

23. The Authority may, with the approval of the Minister,
write off bad debts.

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Destroying,
damaging or
endangering
safety of
aircraft.

PART IV

PENALTIES FOR UNLAWFUL ACTS AGAINST
SAFETY OF AIRCRAFT

24. (1) Subject to subsection (4), it is an offence for any
person unlawfully and intentionally—

(a) to destroy an aircraft in service or so to damage
such aircraft as to render it incapable of flight or
as to be likely to endanger its safety in flight; or

(b) to commit on board an aircraft in flight any act
of violence which is likely to endanger the
safety of the aircraft.

(2) Subject to subsection (4), it is an offence for any
person unlawfully and intentionally to place, or cause to be placed,
on an aircraft in service any device or substance that is likely to
destroy the aircraft, or is likely so to damage it as to render it
incapable of flight or as to be likely to endanger its safety in flight.

(3) Except as provided by subsection (4), subsections (1)
and (2) apply whether any such act as is therein mentioned is
committed in Trinidad and Tobago or elsewhere, whatever the
nationality of the person committing the act and whatever the
State in which the aircraft is registered.

(4) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to an act
committed in relation to an aircraft used in military, Customs or
police service unless—

(a) the act is committed in Trinidad and Tobago; or
(b) where the act is committed outside Trinidad and

Tobago, the person committing it is a citizen of
Trinidad and Tobago.

(5) In this Part “unlawfully” means contrary to the law
of Trinidad and Tobago whether or not the act was committed in
Trinidad and Tobago.

(6) In this section “act of violence” means—
(a) an act done in Trinidad and Tobago that

constitutes the offence of murder, manslaughter,

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Other acts
endangering or
likely to
endanger safety
of aircraft.

culpable homicide or assault or an offence under
section 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, or 23 of the
Offences Against the Person Act;

(b) an act done outside Trinidad and Tobago which,
if done in Trinidad and Tobago, would constitute
one of the offences referred to in paragraph (a).

25. (1) Subject to subsections (5) and (6), it is an offence for
any person unlawfully and intentionally to destroy or damage
property to which this subsection applies, or to interfere with the
operation of such property, where the destruction, damage or
interference is likely to endanger the safety of aircraft in flight.

(2) Subsection (1) applies to property used for the
provision of air navigation facilities, including any land, building
or ship so used, and including also any apparatus or equipment so
used, whether it is on board an aircraft or elsewhere.

(3) Subject to subsections (4) and (5), it is an offence for
any person intentionally to communicate information which is
false, misleading or deceptive in a material particular, where the
communication of the information endangers or is likely to
endanger the safety of an aircraft in flight.

(4) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence
under subsection (3) to prove—

(a) that he believed, and had reasonable grounds for
believing, that the information was true; or

(b) that, when he communicated the information, he
was lawfully employed to perform duties which
consisted of or included the communication of
information and that he communicated the
information in good faith in the performance of
those duties.

(5) Subsections (1) and (3) do not apply to the commission
of any act unless either the act is committed in Trinidad and Tobago,
or, where it is committed outside Trinidad and Tobago—

(a) the person committing it is a person who is a
citizen of Trinidad and Tobago;

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Inducing or
assisting
commission of
offences under
sections 24
and 25.

Ch. 10:02.

Penalties and
proceedings.

(b) the commission of the act endangers or is likely to
endanger the safety in flight of an aircraft
registered in Trinidad and Tobago or chartered by
demise to a lessee whose principal place of
business, or (if he has no place of business) whose
permanent residence, is in Trinidad and Tobago
whether or not the act is committed on board a
civil aircraft which is so registered or so chartered;

(c) the act is committed on board a civil aircraft
which lands in Trinidad and Tobago with the
person who committed the act still on board.

(6) Subsection (1) does not apply to an act committed
outside Trinidad and Tobago and so committed in relation to
property which is situated outside Trinidad and Tobago and is not
used for the provision of air navigation facilities in connection
with international air navigation, unless the person committing
the act is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

(7) In this section “civil aircraft” means any aircraft
other than aircraft used in military, Customs or police service.

26. (1) It is an offence for any person in Trinidad and
Tobago to induce, or assist in the commission outside Trinidad
and Tobago of any act which would—

(a) but for section 24(4), be an offence under that
section; or

(b) but for section 25(5) or (6), be an offence under
that section.

(2) Subsection (1) has effect without prejudice to the
provisions of section 2 of the Accessories and Abettors Act in
relation to any offence under section 24 or 25.

27. (1) A person who commits an offence under this Part is
liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life.

(2) Proceedings for an offence under this Part shall not be
instituted except by or with the consent of the Director of Public
Prosecutions; but nothing in this section shall prevent the arrest,

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Extradition.
[36 of 1985].

Ch. 12:04.

Police Service
responsible for
airport security.
Ch. 11:21.
Ch. 11:22.

or the issue of a warrant for the arrest, of a person in respect of an
offence, or the remanding in custody or on bail of a person
charged with an offence.

28. (1) There shall be deemed to be included in the list of
extraditable offences contained in the First Schedule to the
Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act all
offences under this Part.

(2) Where no such treaty as is mentioned in section 4 of
the said Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act
has been made with a State which is a party to the Convention, such
treaty shall be deemed to exist with that State; but where that Act is
so applied it shall have effect as if the only extraditable offences
within the meaning of that Act were offences under this Part.

(3) For the purposes of the said Extradition
(Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act, any act, wherever
committed, which—

(a) is an offence under this Part or would be such an
offence but for section 24(4) or section 25(5) or
(6); and

(b) is an offence against the law of any State in the
case where that Act has been applied by an
Order under section 4 thereof,

shall be deemed to be an offence committed within the
jurisdiction of that State.

(4) In this section “the Convention” means the
Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety
of Civil Aviation signed at Montreal on 23rd September, 1971.

PART V

SECURITY OF AIRCRAFT, AIRPORTS AND AIR
NAVIGATION INSTALLATIONS AGAINST ACTS

OF VIOLENCE

29. The prevention of the commission of offences against
this Act, the Civil Aviation (Tokyo Convention) Act and the
Hijacking Act, and the protection of persons and property from

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Right of access
of police officer.

Declaration of
restricted area.
[28 of 1993].

Provisions
relating to
restricted areas.

dangers arising from the commission of such offences, is the
responsibility of the Police Service.

30. (1) Subject to subsection (2), a police officer on duty
may at any time, by force if necessary, enter an airport or air
navigation installation, or an aircraft, vehicle, building or place in
an airport or air navigation installation, for the purpose of
performing his functions under this Act or any other written law.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an aircraft or
vehicle not being used for commercial purposes unless the police
officer believes on reasonable grounds that there is in that vehicle
or aircraft a person or thing likely to endanger the airport or air
navigation installation or another person.

31. The Minister responsible for National Security may for
the purpose of ensuring security at any airport declare by Order—

(a) on the advice of the Security Committee, any
part of an airport or air navigation installation to
be a restricted area; or

(b) an airport to be a restricted area.

32. (1) No person other than a police officer on duty
may enter or remain in a restricted area unless authorised by
the Authority.

(2) Every person in a restricted area shall, on the request
of a police officer on duty, state his name and address, and
produce satisfactory evidence of its correctness, and of the
purpose of his presence in such area and his authority to enter it.

(3) A person who fails or refuses to give satisfactory
evidence of his name and address when requested to do so in
accordance with subsection (2) may be ordered to leave the
restricted area by a police officer.

(4) A person who contravenes subsection (2) or (3)
commits an offence against this section.

(5) A person who fails to comply with an order to leave
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Taking firearms,
explosives, etc.,
on aircraft.

Search of
persons,
baggage and
cargo.

may be reasonably necessary in the circumstances of the case, by
the police officer and any person he may call upon to assist him.

(6) A person who, except with the permission of the
Authority, uses a camera or other photographic apparatus or
material while he is in or passing through a restricted area
commits an offence against this section.

(7) A person who commits an offence against this section,
and, after being warned that he may be arrested, persists in its
commission, may be arrested without warrant by a police officer.

(8) A passenger embarking or disembarking in an airport
directly through a gateway or thoroughfare approved for that
purpose by the Authority is deemed to be authorised to pass through
any restricted area forming part of those gateways or thoroughfares.

33. A person who, without lawful authority or excuse, takes
or attempts to take on board an aircraft—

(a) a firearm;
(b) any other dangerous or offensive weapon or

instrument of any kind;
(c) ammunition; or
(d) an explosive or other injurious substance or

device of any kind that could be used to
endanger the safety of the aircraft or of persons
on board the aircraft,

is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for five years.

34. (1) A police officer, a Customs Officer, or an employee
or agent of the carrier authorised by the carrier for the purpose
may, with the consent of the passenger, search that passenger and
his baggage before such passenger boards an aircraft.

(2) With respect to any search made pursuant to
subsection (1)—

(a) a passenger shall not be required to remove any
article of clothing (other than a coat or similar
article), for the purpose of being searched; and

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Search of
persons
declining to
allow search.

Ch. 11:22.

Ch. 11:21.

Evidence of
offences.

(b) except where the search is made by means of a
mechanical or electrical or electronic or other
similar device, no person shall be searched
except by another person of the same sex.

(3) An employee or agent of the carrier authorised by
the carrier for the purpose, or a police officer, may in the presence
of a passenger examine his baggage before it is loaded onto an
aircraft for the purpose of being transported by air.

35. (1) Where under section 34(1) a person has refused
consent to the search of himself or his baggage and a police
officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence—

(a) under the Hijacking Act;
(b) under the Civil Aviation (Tokyo Convention)

Act; or
(c) under this Act,

in relation to an aircraft on which that person was to be carried
has been, is being, or is likely to be committed, whether by that
person or by another person, such police officer may, without
warrant, search that person who has declined to allow himself or
his baggage to be searched, and may detain him for the purposes
of that search, and may take possession of any article referred to
in section 33 found in the course of that search.

(2) The refusal of a person to allow himself or his
baggage to be searched under section 34 shall not of itself
constitute grounds for suspecting that an offence in relation to an
aircraft has been, is being, or is likely to be committed.

(3) A police officer in the exercise of the power of
search conferred by subsection (1) shall identify himself to the
person to be searched, and shall also inform him that the search
is being made under this section, and if the police officer is not in
uniform he shall also produce evidence that he is a police officer.

36. Nothing found in the course of a search or examination
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Ch. 11:22.

Ch. 11:21.

Ch. 16:01.

27 of 1961.

General powers
of arrest.

Ch. 11:22.

Ch. 16:01.

Inspection of
aircraft and
airports.

proceedings against the person who, or whose baggage, has been
searched, or, as the case may be, the consignor of cargo that has
been examined, other than proceedings in respect of—

(a) an offence under the Hijacking Act;
(b) an offence under the Civil Aviation (Tokyo

Convention) Act;
(c) an offence under this Act;
(d) a crime punishable by death, imprisonment for

life or a term of three years or more;
(e) an offence under Part I of the Firearms Act; or
(f) an offence against the Narcotic Control Ordinance.

37. (1) A police officer may without warrant arrest a person
within an airport where he has reasonable cause to believe that
that person has contravened a provision of this Act or the
Regulations and he does not know and cannot ascertain that
person’s name and address.

(2) A police officer may arrest without warrant a person
who is in the vicinity of a restricted area if such officer has
reasonable grounds to believe that an offence has been or is being
committed by that person—

(a) under the Hijacking Act;
(b) under section 33 of this Act; or
(c) under Part I of the Firearms Act.

(3) A person who, when called upon to do so by a police
officer, in good faith assists him in arresting another, is not guilty of
an offence and not liable to civil proceedings in respect of the arrest.

38. (1) The Commissioner of Police or anyone authorised
by him in writing (in this section referred to as an “authorised
person”), shall have power, on production, if required, of his
credentials, to inspect—

(a) aircraft registered or operating in Trinidad and
Tobago while such aircraft is in Trinidad and
Tobago;

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Additional
powers of police
in cargo area.

(b) restricted areas; or
(c) air navigation installations.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), an authorised person may
enter an airport, aircraft or air navigation installation for the
purpose of inspection and may take all steps as are necessary for
the proper execution of the inspection.

(3) An authorised person may not use force in exercise
of the powers vested in him by subsection (2).

(4) A person who obstructs or attempts to obstruct an
authorised person in the exercise of his powers and functions
under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine of
two thousand dollars and to imprisonment for twelve months.

39. (1) A police officer may—
(a) stop any person who is leaving a cargo area and

inspect goods carried by that person;
(b) stop and search any vehicle or aircraft which is

leaving such cargo area and inspect the vehicle
and the goods carried on or in it; and

(c) detain in the cargo area—
(i) such goods for which there is not

produced a document authorising their
removal from the cargo area, signed by a
person authorised in that behalf; and

(ii) such vehicle or aircraft where there are on
or in it goods liable to detention under this
paragraph.

(2) Nothing in subsection (1) shall be construed as
conferring a power to search a person.

(3) In this section, “cargo area” means any area in an
airport that appears to the Commissioner of Police to be used
wholly or mainly for the storage or handling of cargo and is so
designated by him.

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Powers
conferred on
police.

Offences and
penalties.

Purposes to
which Part V
applies.

Ch. 11:08.

Regulations.
[28 of 1993].

40. The powers conferred by this Act on a police officer are
without prejudice to any powers vested in him by any other
written law.

41. A person who commits an offence under this Part for
which no other penalty is specifically provided is liable on
summary conviction to a fine of two thousand dollars and to
imprisonment for twelve months.

42. (1) The purposes to which this Part applies are the
protection against acts of violence—

(a) of aircraft, and of persons or property on board
aircraft;

(b) of airports, and of such persons or property as
(in the case of persons) are at any time present
at an airport or (in the case of property) form
part of an airport or is at any time (whether
permanently or temporarily) in the airport; and

(c) of air navigation installations that do not form
part of an airport.

(2) In this Part, “act of violence” means any act
(whether actual or potential, and whether done or to be done in
Trinidad and Tobago or elsewhere) which—

(a) being an act done in Trinidad and Tobago,
constitutes; or

(b) if done in Trinidad and Tobago would constitute,

the offence of murder, manslaughter, culpable homicide or
assault, or an offence under section 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 or
23 of the Offences Against the Person Act.

PART VI

GENERAL

43. (1) The Minister may make Regulations generally to
give effect to the provisions of this Act and may by such
Regulations provide for the following:

(a) minimising or preventing interference with the
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connection with air traffic or air navigation, and
for prohibiting or regulating the use of any such
apparatus;

(b) securing the safety, efficiency and regularity of
air traffic and the safety of aircraft and of persons
and property carried therein or likely to be
affected thereby, and for the detention of aircraft
for any purpose specified in this paragraph;

(c) regulating or controlling the use of airports by
aircraft, whether civil or otherwise, and
regulating or controlling the use of airports, and
appurtenances thereto, by the general public;

(d) preventing obstruction within an airport;
(e) regulating vehicular traffic within an airport;
(f) prohibiting waiting by taxis except in areas

appointed by the Authority, and for designating
parking places for motor vehicles;

(g) prohibiting or restricting admission to an
airport;

(h) preserving order within an airport and
preventing damage to property therein;

(i) regulating or restricting advertising within an
airport;

(j) requiring a person, if so requested by a police
officer on duty at the airport, to leave the airport;

(k) regulating the issue of permits and conditions to
be observed by the holder of such permits;

(l) defining the functions of the Authority; and
(m) providing for such matters as are contemplated by

or necessary for giving full effect to the provisions
of this Act and for the administration thereof.

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(3) Regulations under this section may confer on any
person power to issue, in such manner as may be prescribed,
instructions or orders for the purpose of ensuring the safety of
aircraft.

(4) Regulations made under this section shall be subject
to negative resolution of Parliament.

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*This Notification was made under section 22(2) of the Aviation Security and Airports
Management Act 1978 (Act No. 4 of 1978) (now repealed) and continues in force by virtue of
section 29(3) of the Interpretation Act (Ch. 3:01).

69/1978.

Citation.

Interpretation.

Designation of
Piarco
International
and Crown
Point Airports.

SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

DESIGNATION OF AIRPORTS NOTIFICATION

*deemed to be made under section 2

1. This Notification may be cited as the Designation of
Airports Notification.

2. In this Notification “the Authority” means the Airports
Authority of Trinidad and Tobago established under section 3 of
the Act.

3. The Piarco International Airport as described in the First
Schedule and the Crown Point Airport as described in the Second
Schedule are hereby designated as airports under the
management and control of the Authority.

FIRST SCHEDULE

PIARCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT—BOUNDARIES

Commencing at the 2.14 mile point on the existing Golden Grove Road
which is at its junction with the northern side of the abandoned Golden Grove
Road and proceeding in a more or less south-easterly direction along the
northern side of the abandoned road for approximately 4,100 links to a
monument; thence on a bearing at 35° 21' for 303 links to a monument;
thence on a bearing of 125° 21' for 303 links to a monument; thence on a
bearing of 215° 21' for 303 links to a monument; thence along the northern
side of the Old Golden Grove Road for approximately 990 links to the north-
western corner of a proposed access road 50 links wide; then along the
northern side of this proposed access road on a bearing of 82° 24' for 2,553.2
links to a point; thence on a bearing of 359° 54' for 638.3 links to a point;
thence on a bearing of 89° 54' for 2,113.6 links to a point; thence on a bearing
of 179° 54' for 1,606.1 links to a monument; thence on a bearing of 89° 54'
for 1,503.8 links to a monument; thence on a bearing of 77° 04' for
approximately 1,650 links to a point on the western boundary of Maloney
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Maloney’s land for approximately 1,332 links to a point; thence on a bearing
181° 51' for approximately 1,665 links to the southern side of the Caroni
North Bank Road; thence in a westerly direction along the southern side of the
Caroni North Bank Road for approximately 3,500 links to a point; thence on
a bearing of 189° 25' for 1,528.5 links to a monument; thence on a bearing of
279° 25' for 3,074.1 links to a point on the eastern side of Golden Grove Road;
thence along the eastern side of Golden Grove Road in a north-easterly
direction for approximately 440 links to a point; thence on a bearing of 269°
55' for approximately 1,350 links to a point; thence on a bearing of 242° 55'
for 151.5 links to a point; thence on a bearing of 332° 55' for 303 links to a
point; thence on a bearing of 242° 55' for approximately 202 links to a point
on the western side of Golden Grove Road; thence along the western side of
Golden Grove Road in a south-easterly direction for approximately 200 links
to a point; thence on a bearing of 255° 55' for 151.5 links to a point; thence on
a bearing of 151° 30' for 125.3 links to a point on the southern side of the New
Golden Grove Road 100 feet West of its junction with the Golden Grove
Road; thence along the southern side of this new road in a more or less north-
westerly direction to the north-eastern corner of lands now or formerly of
Francis Joseph; thence westerly on a bearing 272° 45' for 229.5 links to a
monument; thence on a bearing of 3° 16' for 3,178.3 links to a monument;
thence on a bearing of 89° 55' for 4,213 links to a monument; thence on a
bearing of 286° 42' for 637.1 links to a monument; thence on a bearing of 16°
42' for 681.8 links to a monument; thence on a bearing of 106° 42' for 784
links approximately to a point on the eastern side of the Golden Grove Road;
thence northerly along the eastern side of Golden Grove Road for
approximately 1,600 links to the point of commencement.

SECOND SCHEDULE

CROWN POINT AIRPORT—BOUNDARIES

By a line starting at the point of intersection of the southern side of a road
reserve with the Sea Coast thence running in a more or less easterly direction
along the southern side of the road reserve to a point opposite the south-western
corner of State land thence in a more or less northerly direction across the road
reserve and along the eastern boundary of lands now or formerly owned by
William Charles George Rowe, William Romeo Charles Scott and James
Romeo. To the north-westerly corner of the said State land thence to a more or
less easterly direction along the southern boundaries of lands now or formerly
owned by Peter Chapman, George Thomas, D. Alexander, Margaret Williams,
Trotman, M. Crooks, crossing the road to airport, George Chapman, George
James, W. McKay, John Chapman to the north-eastern corner of the said State

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lands thence in a more or less southerly direction along the western boundary
of lands now or formerly owned by John Chapman, Egbert Trim. To the south-
easterly corner of the said State land and continuing across the road reserve to
a point on the southern side of the road reserve opposite the south-eastern
corner of the said State land and continuing in an easterly direction along the
southern side of the road reserve to the north-eastern corner of Crown Point
Estate now State land. Thence in a southerly direction along the eastern
boundary of the said Crown Point Estate now State land to a point opposite the
south-western corner of land now or formerly owned by Bertram Waldron,
thence in an easterly direction across a road reserve and along the southern
boundaries of lands now or formerly owned by Bertram Waldron, Alex, Ernest,
Joseph, Prince Wills, William Lovell, Peter Chapman, Heirs of Henry Blake,
David Melville, Samuel Percy, Prince Wills, Ezekiel Joseph, Pat George, John
Scipio, Catherine George, and Rebecca Young, thence in a southerly direction
along the western boundary of lands now or formerly owned by Rebecca Young
to its intersection with the Sea Coast. Thence in a south-westerly direction
along the Sea Coast to where it intersects the north-eastern boundary of lands
of Edwin Harold Bowhill Crooks, thence in a north-westerly direction along the
north-east boundary of the said lands of Edwin Harold Bowhill Crooks to its
intersection with a road reserve then in a northerly direction along the eastern
side of the said road reserve to a point opposite the south-eastern corner of
Crown Point Estate now State land, thence in a westerly direction across the
road reserve and along the northern side of a road reserve to where it touches
the northern boundary of Crown Point Estate now owned by Ann Crooks and
continuing in a westerly direction along the northern boundary of the said
Estate to its intersection with the Sea Coast, thence along the Sea Coast in a
north-westerly direction to the starting point.

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82/1978.
[28 of 1993].

Citation.

Interpretation.

Sub. Leg.
Ch. 49:02.

Declaration of
restricted areas.
First Schedule.

Second
Schedule.

Third Schedule.

*See Note on page 2.
†This Order which was originally entitled as a “Notice” was made under section 11 of the
Aviation Security and Airports Management Act, 1978 (Act 4 of 1978) (now repealed) and
continues in force by virtue of section 29(3) of the Interpretation Act (Ch. 3:01).

*AIRPORTS (RESTRICTED AREAS) ORDER

†deemed to be made under section 31

1. This Order may be cited as the Airports (Restricted
Areas) Order.

2. In this Order—
“Crown Point Airport” means the Crown Point Airport as

described in the Designation of Airports Notification;
“Piarco International Airport” means the Piarco International

Airport as described in the Designation of Airports
Notification.

3. (1) All those parts of the Piarco International Airport
specified in the First Schedule are hereby declared to be
restricted areas for the purposes of the Act.

(2) All those parts of the Crown Point Airport specified
in the Second Schedule are hereby declared to be restricted areas
for the purposes of the Act.

(3) The installations specified in the Third Schedule
being air navigation installations used mainly for the purpose of
assisting air traffic control or as an aid to air navigation and the
areas on the ground adjacent to the said installations designated
by notices signed by the Commissioner in reasonably bold and
large characters are hereby declared to be restricted areas for the
purpose of the Act.

FIRST SCHEDULE

RESTRICTED AREAS: PIARCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

All that parcel of land situate in the Ward of Tacarigua in the County of
St. George in the Island of Trinidad, forming part of the Piarco International
Airport containing inter alia: (the aerodrome landing area, the runways, the
hangars and the Air Terminal Building), and bounded by a line running along

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the whole of the fence commonly called “the perimeter fence” and wholly
enclosing the said parcel of land except in that part thereof that is South of the
Air Terminal Building where the said line proceeds in more or less an east-
west direction along the said fence on the northern side of the Caroni North
Bank Road and to the northern side of the Golden Grove Road and across any
gaps in the said fence but excepting—

(a) the following parts of the Air Terminal Building:
(i) the waiting lounge;

(ii) the premises now occupied by the National Commercial
Bank situate to the south-west of the waiting lounge; and

(iii) the restaurant situate on the upper floor to the North of
the waiting lounge and to the East of and adjacent to the
waving gallery; and

(b) the following parts of the Piarco International Airport:
(i) the public car parks to the South and south-east of the

Air Terminal Building;
(ii) the access roads leading to and from the said public car

parks; and
(iii) the paths designated by signs leading from and to the

said access roads and car parks to and from the waiting
lounge in the Air Terminal Building.

SECOND SCHEDULE

RESTRICTED AREAS: CROWN POINT AIRPORT

All that parcel of land situate in the Parish of St. Patrick in the Island of
Tobago, forming part of the Crown Point Airport containing, inter alia:
(aerodrome landing area, the runways, and the Air Terminal Building), and
bounded by a line running along the whole of the perimeter fence, but excepting—

(a) the public car parks;
(b) the access roads leading from and to the public car parks to and

from the Air Terminal Building; and
(c) Dee-Gees Restaurant.

THIRD SCHEDULE

RESTRICTED AREAS: AIR NAVIGATION INSTALLATIONS
(a) the radio installations at Cumberland Hill in the Ward of Diego

Martin in the County of St. George, in the Island of Trinidad;
(b) the radio station situate to the South of the Caroni North Bank

Road, in the County of St. George, in the Island of Trinidad;
(c) the radio station situate to the South of the Golden Grove Road

in the County of St. George, in the Island of Trinidad;
(d) the air navigation installation situate at Carlsen Field, in the Ward

of Chaguanas in the County of Caroni, in the Island of Trinidad.

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AIRPORTS REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

REGULATION

1. Citation.

2. Interpretation.

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

3. Application.

4. Carrying on trade or business.

5. Soliciting.

6. Advertising.

7. Restrictions on entry into certain areas.

8. Photography.

9. Radio operation at airport.

10. Radio operation in aircraft.

11. Use of roads.

CONTROL OF MOTOR TRAFFIC

12. Direction of traffic at airport.

13. Operation of vehicles and ground handling equipment.

14. Motor vehicle stops.

15. General.

16. Operation of motorised equipment.

17. Operation of vehicle under the influence of alcohol, etc., prohibited.

18. Accident reporting.

GENERAL RULES OF CONDUCT

19. Disorderly conduct and narcotic drugs.

20. Gambling.

21. Sanitation.

22. Preservation of property.

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REGULATION

23. Tampering with airport and equipment.

24. Tampering with aircraft, cargo, baggage, etc.

25. Firearms, ammunition and inflammable materials.

26. Possession of offensive weapons.

27. Smoking and exposure of naked flames.

28. Dogs.

AIRCRAFT

29. Disposal of lost or mislaid article.

30. Parking and removal of aircraft.

31. Running of engines.

32. Repair and testing.

MISCELLANEOUS

33. Throwing articles over fence.

34. Sleeping and loitering.

35. Obligations of tenants.

36. Penalties.

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56/1987.

Citation.

Interpretation.

69/1978.
(Sub. Leg—
Ch. 49:02).

Ch. 78:01.

AIRPORTS REGULATIONS

made under section 43

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Airports
Regulations.

2. In these Regulations—
“aerodrome” means a defined area on land or in water (including

any building, installation and equipment) intended to be
used either wholly or in part for the arrival, departure and
surface movement of aircraft;

“airside” means the manoeuvring and movement areas of an
airport, adjacent terrain and buildings or portions thereof,
access to which is controlled;

“apron” means that part of an airport used—
(a) for the purpose of enabling passengers to board

or disembark from an aircraft;
(b) for loading cargo onto or unloading cargo from

an aircraft; or
(c) for refuelling and parking of aircraft;

“Authority” means the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
established under section 3 of the Act;

“Clearway” means a defined rectangular area on the ground or in
the sea under the control of the Authority selected or
prepared as a suitable area over which a departing aircraft
may make a portion of its initial climb to a specific height;

“Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Police;
“Crown Point Airport” means the Crown Point Airport described

in the Designation of Airports Notification;
“Customs Area” has the meaning assigned to that expression in

the Customs Act;
“finger” means that part of an airport which protrudes from the

main terminal building by which passengers enter on arrival
or departure;

“landside” means that area of an airport and buildings to which
the non-travelling public has free access;

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69/1978.
(Sub. Leg.—
Ch. 49:02).

Ch. 15:01.

Ch. 15:03.

Ch. 15:02.

Application.

Carrying on
trade or
business.

“manoeuvring area” means that part of an aerodrome used for the
take-off and landing of aircraft and for the surface
movement of aircraft associated with take-off and landing,
but does not include an apron;

“movement area” means that part of an aerodrome used for take-
off and landing of aircraft and for surface movement of
aircraft and includes an apron;

“offensive weapon” means any article made or adapted for use
for causing injury to or incapacitating a person or intended
by the person having it with him for such use;

“Piarco International Airport” means the Piarco International
Airport described in the Designation of Airports Notification;

“police officer” has the meaning assigned to that expression by
section 2 of the Police Service Act and includes—

(a) a member of the Special Reserve Police
established by the Special Reserve Police Act;

(b) a person to whom a precept has been issued
under the Supplemental Police Act;

“restricted area” means an area declared by the Minister, by
Order, under section 31 of the Act to be a restricted area.

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

3. (1) All persons who are at any time on any part of an
airport to which these Regulations apply shall be governed by
these Regulations and by any general or particular orders or
directions of the Authority.

(2) These Regulations apply to the Piarco International
Airport and the Crown Point Airport.

4. (1) No person shall carry on any trade or business at an
airport except with the approval of the Authority and under such
terms and conditions as the Authority may determine.

(2) Nothing in this regulation shall require the discharge
of a contract existing at the date of the coming into operation of
these Regulations.

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Soliciting.

Advertising.

Restrictions on
entry into
certain areas.

Photography.

Radio operation
at airport.

5. No person shall solicit for any purposes whatever within
an airport without the approval of the Authority which approval
shall be subject to such terms and conditions as the Authority
may determine.

6. No person shall post, distribute or display any signs,
advertisements, circulars, placards, printed, painted or written
matter at an airport without the permission of the Authority and
then only in such manner as the Authority may determine.

7. No person shall enter—
(a) a Customs area except with the general or

specific written permission of the Authority or
Comptroller of Customs; or

(b) a restricted area except with the general or
specific written permission of the Authority,

and subject to such conditions as may be attached to the grant of
such permission.

8. No person shall—
(a) for any purpose, take any still, motion or sound

pictures in or of a Customs area or restricted
area of an airport; or

(b) for commercial purposes, take any still, motion
or sound pictures in or of any area of an airport,

without the written permission of the Authority to which permission
shall be attached such conditions as the Authority may determine.

9. (1) Subject to subregulation (2) no person other than—
(a) pilots of aircraft;
(b) authorised personnel of the Civil Aviation

Division;
(c) police officers and Customs Officers of the

Customs and Excise Department;
(d) fire service officers and members of the

Defence Force;
(e) authorised members of the staff of airlines,

aircraft operators or their agents; or

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Radio operation
in aircraft.

Use of roads.

Direction of
traffic at airport.

(f) authorised personnel of the Meteorological
Services Division, the Immigration Department
and the Authority,

shall operate a radio or radio equipment or wireless transmitting
or receiving apparatus at an airport without the permission of the
Authority, which permission shall be subject to such conditions
as the Authority may determine.

(2) The entitlement of each person referred to in
subregulation (1) to operate equipment or apparatus at an airport
is contingent upon his being on duty at the time of his operating
the equipment or apparatus.

10. No person shall operate any radio equipment in an
aircraft while the aircraft is in a hangar nor contrary to any
telecommunication orders or any other enactment in force
without the approval of the Director of Civil Aviation.

11. No person shall—
(a) travel on any airport other than on the roads,

paths or places provided for the particular class
of traffic;

(b) occupy the roads or paths in a manner to
obstruct their proper use;

(c) operate any type of motor vehicle for any
purpose whatever without the approval of the
Authority and in accordance with the orders of
the Authority or the direction of a police officer
on duty at the airport.

CONTROL OF MOTOR TRAFFIC

12. (1) No vehicular traffic shall operate—
(a) on the landside, except in strict compliance with

the directions of any police officer on duty;
(b) on the airside, except with the approval of and in

accordance with specific instructions from the Air
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Operation of
vehicles and
ground handling
equipment.

Motor vehicle
stops.

General.

Ch. 48:50.

(2) No motor vehicle shall be driven, parked, used or
operated on the apron, taxiways or runways at an airport without
the approval and the specific instructions of the Air Traffic
Controller on duty at the Control Tower.

13. (1) No person shall operate for hire or rental any motor
vehicle whatsoever within an airport without the approval of the
Authority and except in accordance with the orders of the
Authority or the direction of a police officer on duty at the airport.

(2) No person shall park unattended on the apron any
ground handling equipment except in areas designated for the
parking of such equipment.

14. (1) No motor vehicle shall stop at any place in an airport
for the purpose of allowing passengers to alight from or to board
it or to load or unload the baggage of passengers unless such stop
is made at such places as may be designated by the Authority for
the purpose.

(2) In this regulation “stop” means to remain stationary
for as long as may be reasonably necessary to allow passengers
to get on or off the motor vehicles or to load or unload the
baggage of passengers.

15. (1) No person shall operate any motor vehicle within an
airport otherwise than in accordance with the Motor Vehicles and
Road Traffic Act except in cases of emergency which in the
opinion of the Authority or a police officer on duty involves
danger to life or property.

(2) The Commissioner may place, erect or display or
cause to be placed, erected or displayed at an airport such signs
for the direction of traffic as he may consider necessary for the
proper control and regulation of vehicular traffic at that airport.

(3) All traffic signs placed, erected or displayed at an
airport shall be deemed to have been placed, erected or displayed
in pursuance of subparagraph (2).

(4) No person shall at an airport operate a motor vehicle
or cause a motor vehicle to be operated contrary to the directions
of any police officer or contrary to the direction of a traffic sign.

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Operation of
motorised
equipment.

Operation of
vehicle under
influence of
alcohol, etc.,
prohibited.

Accident
reporting.

Disorderly
conduct and
narcotic drugs.

Gambling.

(5) Pedestrians at an airport who are within pedestrian
lane markings have the right of way over vehicular traffic.

(6) No person shall park, load or unload any goods
vehicle at an airport other than at such place as may be designated
for such purpose by the Authority.

16. No person other than a person assigned to duty for the
purpose shall operate any motorised equipment on the taxi tracks,
aprons or aircraft landing areas at an airport except—

(a) with the approval of the Authority; and
(b) with the approval of and on the directions of the

Air Traffic Controller on duty at the Control
Tower.

17. No person shall, while under the influence of any
intoxicating or narcotic drug or liquor, operate or be in control of
a motor vehicle, motorised equipment or aircraft of any kind at
an airport.

18. (1) Every person involved in any accident on the landside
of an airport and every witness thereto shall report the occurrence
without delay to a police officer on duty at the airport and that
police officer shall immediately inform the Authority thereof.

(2) Every person involved in any accident on the airside
of an airport and every witness thereto shall report the occurrence
without delay to the Air Traffic Controller on duty at the Control
Tower and to the Authority.

GENERAL RULES OF CONDUCT

19. (1) No person shall be at an airport while he is under the
influence of any intoxicating or narcotic drug or liquor.

(2) No person shall commit any disorderly, obscene or
indecent act or cause any nuisance or disturbance at an airport.

(3) No person shall, without reasonable excuse, have a
narcotic drug in his possession at an airport.

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Sanitation.

Preservation of
property.

Tampering with
airport and
equipment.

Tampering with
aircraft, cargo,
baggage, etc.

(2) No person shall at any place at an airport operate or
cause to be operated any gambling or gaming device.

(3) No person shall, at any place at an airport, be in any
way involved in the operation of any gambling or gaming device.

21. No person shall—
(a) deposit or dispose of any litter, garbage, papers,

refuse or other material at an airport except in
the receptacles provided for that purpose;

(b) use any sanitary convenience otherwise than in
a clean, tidy and sanitary manner;

(c) deposit or dispose of cigarette butts, cigarettes,
cigars, cigar butts, waste matches or any
smoking material other than in the receptacles
specifically provided for that purpose.

22. (1) No person shall wilfully destroy, damage, injure or
deface any building, sign, marker or other structure at an airport.

(2) No person may without the permission of the
Authority—

(a) remove or disturb in any way whatever any
building, sign, fence, pipe, hose, coupling, post,
gate, equipment, marker or other structure, or
attempt to procure any other person to erect,
alter, remove, paint, distemper or replace any
building at the airport;

(b) lay any wire, cable, fence, pipe, line, net or any
other material, or dig, excavate or bore or lay
any road, track or path at an airport.

23. No person shall interfere or tamper with, or damage any
part of an airport or any equipment, machinery, motor vehicle or
appliance at an airport.

24. (1) No person shall, except with the permission of the
Authority—

(a) place anything in or take anything out of an
aircraft ; or

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Firearms,
ammunition and
inflammable
materials.

(b) in any way whatever, interfere or tamper with
any aircraft, or any cargo, baggage, equipment,
or other goods on an aircraft or unloaded from
an aircraft, or any cargo, baggage, equipment or
other goods at an airport intended to be put on
board an aircraft.

(2) Subregulation (1) does not apply to a person assigned
to duty at an airport and acting in the execution of his duty.

25. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), no person, other than
a police officer or a member of the Defence Force on duty at an
airport, shall carry or have in his possession or in his baggage
any side arms, firearms, ammunition, explosives or
inflammable material at an airport without the written
permission of the Authority.

(2) Where police officers or members of the Defence
Force who have obtained the necessary permission under this
regulation, desire to carry explosives or inflammable materials to
an airport, they shall first inform the Authority who shall make
such arrangements for the carriage of the explosives or
inflammable material as they may consider proper.

(3) Every person other than a police officer, a member
of the Defence Force on duty at an airport and any other person
specifically excepted in writing, shall declare and surrender all
objects specified in subregulation (1) in their possession
forthwith on their arrival at the airport to the police at the airport.

(4) Where the person declaring and surrendering the
objects is a passenger and he produces a lawfully issued export
permit, a police officer appointed by the Commissioner for the
purpose shall record the name, address, flight number, airline and
destination of such passenger and cause the objects with the
particulars of the passenger to be handed over to the custody and
safekeeping of the captain of the aircraft by which the passenger
is due to depart, to be delivered to the passenger or handed over
to the authorities at the passenger’s destination to be dealt with
according to the legal requirements of that country.

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Possession of
offensive
weapon.

Smoking and
exposure of
naked flames.

Dogs.

(5) No person shall import or bring into Trinidad and
Tobago by air, any firearm, ammunition or explosives unless there is
at the time of arrival in Trinidad and Tobago, in respect of such
firearm, ammunition or explosives, a lawfully issued import permit.

(6) No person shall export by air any firearm,
ammunition or explosives unless such person is in possession of
a lawfully issued export permit.

26. No person without lawful authority or reasonable
excuse, shall have with him in an airport any offensive weapon.

27. (1) No person shall smoke on any of the following areas
at an airport:

(a) the apron;
(b) the finger;
(c) any fuel storage or refuelling area;
(d) Customs and Airline Cargo Bonds, storage

areas or warehouses;
(e) on board any aircraft whilst such aircraft is

parked anywhere at an airport;
(f) all airport movement areas;
(g) any other place at an airport indicated by a “No

Smoking” sign.

(2) No person shall expose a naked flame in any of the
areas listed in subregulation (1) unless he has the permission of
the Authority to do so.

28. (1) No person shall bring into an airport a dog or other
animal unless such dog or other animal has arrived by air or is
intended for despatch by air or is a guard dog in the custody of a
blind person or is a police dog being handled by a police officer on
duty at the airport and such dog or other animal is restrained by
leash or confined in such other manner as to be fully under control.

(2) The owner or person in control of or responsible for
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Disposal of lost
or mislaid
article.

Ch. 78:01.

Parking and
removal of
aircraft.

Running of
engines.

Repair and
testing.

contrary to subregulation (1) is guilty of an offence and in addition
to any penalty imposed, the dog or other animal may be seized by
any police officer, Customs officer, member of the Defence Force
or other person employed at the airport and shall be disposed of in
such manner as the Authority may determine.

AIRCRAFT

29. (1) A person who finds a lost or misplaced article or an
article which is not the property of the finder shall forthwith
deliver up such article to a police officer on duty at the airport,
who shall take the name and address of the finder.

(2) Where the article was found on the airside, the police
officer shall deliver it to a senior Customs officer on duty at the
airport for a determination as to whether the article is dutiable
and for disposal as provided under the Customs Act.

(3) Where the article was found on the landside, the
police officer shall deliver it to the nearest Police Station to be
dealt with according to law.

30. (1) No person shall park an aircraft in any area at an
airport other than that determined by and with the consent of the
Airport Manager or his duly authorised representative and the Air
Traffic Controller on duty at the Control Tower.

(2) No person shall remove an aircraft from its parked
position on an airport other than with the consent of the Airport
Manager or his authorised representative and the Air Traffic
Controller on duty at the Control Tower.

31. No person shall start or run an engine in an aircraft unless
a competent person duly authorised by the owner of such aircraft
or his authorised representative is in the aircraft attending the
controls. Before starting the engine or engines in an aircraft, the
wheels shall be adequately chocked.

32. (1) No aircraft, aircraft engine, propeller, or other
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Throwing
articles over
fence.

Sleeping and
loitering.

Obligations of
tenants.

airport other than that specifically designated by the Airport
Manager or his duly authorised representative and the Air Traffic
Controller on duty at the Control Tower.

(2) Except with the permission of the Airport Manager
or his duly authorised representative and the Air Traffic Controller
on duty at the Control Tower, no person shall repair an aircraft or
run up an aircraft engine for test purposes on the parking apron.

(3) No person shall test radar equipment on the parking
apron without the permission of the Airport Manager or his duly
authorised representative and the Air Traffic Controller on duty
at the Control Tower.

MISCELLANEOUS

33. No person shall throw an article or substance of any kind
over a fence at an airport.

34. No person shall by day or by night—
(a) sleep on the floor of an airport;
(b) loiter within fifty feet of the fence of an airport.

35. (1) The lessees of hangars at an airport shall maintain
bulletin boards in a conspicuous place for the purpose of posting
all notices issued by the Authority, the Airport Manager or his
duly authorised representative.

(2) All tenants, lessees of hangars and lessees of shop
facilities at an airport shall—

(a) keep the area under his control clean and free
from fire hazards;

(b) provide in such hangars or shops accessible
first-aid kits and fire appliances, approved by
the Authority.

(3) No tenant, lessee of any hangar, or lessee of any
facility on an airport shall store or stock material or equipment in
such manner as to constitute a hazard to personnel or property.

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LAWS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

[Subsidiary] Airports Regulations

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Airports Regulations [Subsidiary]

L.R.O.

Penalties.36. (1) A person who contravenes these Regulations or any
order or instruction issued by the Authority may be removed or
ejected from the airport by a police officer on the instructions of
the Authority and may be deprived of the further use of the
airport and its facilities for such time as may be necessary to
ensure the safety of the airport and the public.

(2) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with
any of these Regulations is liable on summary conviction to a
fine of two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of
twelve months.

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