by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 01, 2005

Airport Rangers

Riding herd on the planes:
Airport Rangers at
Houston Intercontinental

Since December 2003, the undeveloped parts of Houston’s 12,000-acre George Bush Intercontinental Airport have been patrolled by badged Airport Rangers civilians who want to exercise their horses while keeping an eye out for suspicious activity.
    The brainchild of avid horseman Richard Vacar, director of the Houston Airport System, the program offers badges for $50 to riders who pass extensive background checks. More than 700 rangers take to the wooded trails, mostly on weekends.