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Airport Rangers Equestrian Volunteer Project

Thank you for your interest in the George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Airport Rangers program. The Airport Rangers program was created in December of 2003 to increase the security of IAH through community participation. Airport Rangers are mounted security patrol made up of volunteers, including off-duty law enforcement officers that ride their horses along the perimeter of the 13,000 acre Bush Intercontinental Airport. In return for keeping an eye out for and reporting any suspicious activity in the area, equestrians have a pristine location, including wooded trails to ride and the airport has extra eyes and ears in areas that most security patrols cannot easily access.

All riders are required to fill out an application and undergo background checks. Once the application is approved and background checks are completed, riders will be issued a photo-identification airport badge giving them access to certain remote airport property. All riders must be equipped with cell phones, so they will be able to call for IAH Security or law enforcement if they spot suspicious activity. Riders are given the phone numbers to call at the time of picking up their photo-identification airport badge. The trails are well-marked to give points of reference.

  Airport Ranger Forms

  Badge Application

  LEO Waiver Form

  Adult Waiver Form

  Minor Waiver Form

  Disqualifying Crimes List

  Special Permit to Use
Restricted Public Area


To submit your application, contact:
Josh Samic

After the Houston Airport System receives the application properly filled out and signed, it will be processed by verifying the information and running a background check, including a criminal background and registered sex offender check.

If approved, you will be notified to go to the badging office in Terminal A at Bush Intercontinental Airport. In accordance with Federal regulations and HAS policy, new badge applicants must be fingerprinted and successfully complete a background/criminal history record check. Your fingerprints will be taken when your application is presented at the Badging Office. 

You will also receive a list of what to look for in terms of suspicious activity when you are out riding and a map to the trailheads.

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