LA Facilities Earn GBAC Star Accreditation Ahead of Super Bowl


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Ahead of the big game on Feb. 13, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) earned GBAC STAR Facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA. The premier NFL event will attract more than 70,000 sports fans from around the world, who will be able to travel, stay and attend events at several accredited venues across the city.

When traveling to Los Angeles for the championship showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, fans can choose GBAC STAR facilities at every stop on the trip. Travelers can board a fully GBAC-accredited American Airlines flight to LAX and stay at one of six GBAC STAR-certified hotels in the area. Visitors can visit two different accredited cultural centers and then see a show at one of the four accredited venues.

“Achieving industry-benchmark accreditation for biohazard preparedness is the result of Los Angeles International Airport’s commitment to providing the highest level of cleanliness and safety to our millions of passengers. airport guests, employees and partners,” said Los Angeles CEO Justin Erbacci. Airports of the world. “LAX is proud to be the only major airport in California to earn this distinction, and as more and more people return to the skies this year, they can be assured that our airport welcomes them with facilities verified as healthy and clean. .”

LAX is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), which represents thousands of airport managers and nearly 875 airports and authorities. The association encourages all members to obtain GBAC STAR Facility accreditation to build trust with customers, passengers and employees. To date, 56 airports in the United States are accredited.

“Our members have always prioritized health and safety before and during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Jacky Sher Raker, Executive Vice President, AAAE. “The accreditation of GBAC STAR facilities gives all stakeholders confidence that airports are doing everything they can to keep travelers and staff safe. We are pleased to add LAX to the list of GBAC STAR accredited airports.

Launched in May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GBAC STAR program validates that accredited facilities are ready to respond, recover from, and prevent infectious disease outbreaks. Accredited institutions work with GBAC experts to develop the skills, procedures and protocols that meet accreditation requirements. Institutions seek reaccreditation on an annual basis to encourage continuous improvement and accountability.

Facilities in the Los Angeles area that have achieved GBAC STAR accreditation include:


• Los Angeles International Airport


• Arena in Los Angeles, California.

• The Forum (in Inglewood, California)

Cultural centers

• Location 66

• Japan House in Los Angeles


• Hyatt House Los Angeles/LAX/Manhattan Beach

• Hyatt Place Los Angeles/LAX/El Segundo

• Hyatt Place LAX/Century Blvd

• Hyatt Regency at Los Angeles International Airport

• The Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel

• Thompson Hollywood

Performing Arts Centers

• Belasco

• Echoplex

• Microsoft Theater

• The Wiltern

“Fans will be traveling from all over the country and staying in town for days around this event,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “When they book a flight, choose a hotel or attend a show, they can look for the GBAC STAR seal to know that the facility meets the highest standards of cleaning and sanitizing.”


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