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Bob Hope Airport reopens as Hollywood film location

July 11, 2012

Bob Hope Airport in Burbank has reopened its gates to Hollywood for the first time in more than a decade, after prohibiting film shoots there since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The tragedy put the nation's entire air transportation system on high alert. In the weeks and months after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, security requirements put a heavy demand on the regional airport's staff.

With safety the top priority, one of the restrictions that Burbank put into place at the time was a ban on all film production activity. In the ensuing years, that restriction became a semi-permanent policy.

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"We had National Guardsmen walking around here in the immediate aftermath," recalled Victor Gill, the airport's director of public affairs and communications, who has worked there since 1984.

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