Air Traffic Organization Policy

JO 7210.3X
Effective Date:
February 9, 2012
Subject:  Facility Operation and Administration
       Includes:  Errata effective 2/9/12, Change 1 effective 7/26/12, Change 2 effective 3/7/13, and Change 3 effective 8/22/13

Section 9. Security Notice (SECNOT)

19-9-1. POLICY

This section contains policy, responsibilities, and procedures for issuing a SECNOT. A SECNOT is only issued when the aircraft identification is known and either a security violation has occurred or an aircraft is considered a security risk.

19-9-2. PURPOSE

a. A SECNOT enables the FAA to locate aircraft that violate national security measures or are considered a security risk. National security measures include the DC SFRA and TFRs. Security risks include stolen aircraft and other law enforcement activities involving aircraft.

b.A SECNOT is a request originated by the Air Traffic Security Coordinator (ATSC) for an extensive communications search for aircraft involved or suspected of being involved in a security violation or are considered a security risk.


a. A SECNOT will include the aircraft identification, search area, and expiration time. The search area, as defined by the ATSC, could be a single airport, multiple airports, a radius of an airport or fix, or a route of flight. Once the expiration time has been reached, a SECNOT is considered to be cancelled.

b. SECNOT aircraft lookouts must be initiated by the ATSC via telephone to FSS and broadcast on the DEN.

c. SECNOT aircraft alerts must be given wide distribution, including all FAA air traffic facilities 50 miles on either side of the route of flight from the last reported position or departure point of the aircraft. SECNOT alerts must be distributed outside the FAA to fixed base operators and law enforcement agencies. When contacting airports or offices outside of official government agencies, provide no further information other than that which is contained in the SECNOT. A SECNOT expiration time will be provided by the ATSC at the time of issue. The DEN may expand the search area to cover the maximum range of the aircraft.

d. Upon receiving notification of a SECNOT, the controller must forward all information of the subject aircraft to the FLM/CIC. If information is not known, broadcast call sign on all frequencies and advise the FLM/CIC of the response. The FLM/CIC must check the position records to determine if the aircraft has contacted your facility. Immediately notify the parent ARTCC OM or DEN of subsequent contact and keep the alert in an active status until cancellation is received or the SECNOT expiration time is reached.

e. When information becomes known about an aircraft for which a SECNOT message has been issued, do the following:

1. Forward any information on the aircraft to the parent ARTCC OM or DEN.

2. Do not take any action related to the SECNOT aircraft other than normal ATC procedures.

f. The SECNOT alert remains in effect until canceled by the DEN or the expiration time is reached.

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