Media filming an event at RDU

Media Filming at RDU

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is operated by the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. However, many different entities including federal and state agencies, airlines, and other private leaseholders operate at RDU. Below are tips to help you best cover your story about RDU.

Learn about filming for television productions, advertising and professional photography.

Media Parking
Media covering stories at RDU may park in the hourly and daily section of the parking garage between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 or in other public lots such as Observation Park, General Aviation or at the Airport Authority Building. Vehicles parked in unauthorized areas are subject to towing.

Live trucks are too tall to enter the garage. Media may park these in the Cell Phone Lot at the Airport Authority Building only and drive a smaller vehicle into the parking garage.

Map of media parking at RDU

Live Shots
Live shots are permitted inside RDU facilities, including Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and the General Aviation Terminal only if cordless equipment is used. Cords are not permitted inside airport buildings or across pedestrian traffic areas.

The following locations are designated for live shots. On the terminal curbs, live trucks must be attended at all times. Contact Communications and Community Affairs for assistance, if needed.

General Filming Guidelines
When filming a story at RDU, please:

  • Contact Communications and Community Affairs to let us know you are on site
  • Wear a media ID at all times
  • Avoid setting up cameras/tripods in areas that impede pedestrian or traffic flow
  • Identify yourself to passengers you select to interview

Security Screening
Only ticketed passengers are permitted through the security checkpoint. Filming of the checkpoint area is limited to the area prior to the checkpoint. We ask that security monitors not be filmed. For more information on filming at the checkpoint, contact the Transportation Security Administration’s Public Affairs Office.

Leased Areas
Many areas of RDU are leased by state and federal agencies, private businesses and individuals. These include The Shops of RDU, private hangars and fixed-base operators, among others. Media must obtain permission from the leaseholder before filming in these locations.