Originally posted by Bedlam
Late edit to previous post -
Where you said "they" let you in and "they" let you out, as if the SCIF doors couldn't be opened or closed.
It's not like you can wander in and out of the secure area. But the doors do open and close. Depending on whose SCIF it is, and how hard-assed they
are about it, it varies from ridiculous with guards that vet you in the hallway in front of the SCIF to somewhat lax like ours, where a gatekeeper
sits inside the SCIF doorway and makes sure you're an employee that should be in there.
SCIF entrances tend to be something that looks like a vault door at a bank, if you didn't know what one was you'd see ours and think we had a safe
set into the wall about half again as large as a standard door. Inside there's a small room big enough for a desk, a file cabinet and the GSA box,
then there's a door to the left into the SCIF proper that they have to buzz you through. You can leave any time you want, after the gatekeeper checks
to make sure you're not packing something out.
More formal SCIFs can be a lot more hard-assed, but some are pretty lax, we're about inbetween.
If everyone dropped dead except you, though, you could easily just leave - there's a manual release on both the anteroom and the secure door on the
inside. Just lift the handle and out you go. If you have the combo to the 'safe door' you can get in as well, but it's a big violation to do it by
yourself. Only two of the security staff are supposed to know it and it rotates every quarter.
Our's works more like a prison.
It's a really involved process.
You present your RFID card to the door lock. It opens.
Then it closes behind you within a few moments.
Now you are in, what I will refer to as "Level 1".
To enter Level 2 (which is on the same floor), you again present your RFID card and scan your eyeball.
Now you are in Level 2.
There are camera everywhere, the whole time of course.
To enter Level 3 (same floor), this time there is a gatekeeper sitting behind bullet proof glass watching you.
You place all your stuff in a tray slider, and you don't get to see that stuff until you leave at the end of the shift.
You walk through the metal detector / backscatter machine. If it beeps, you put your stuff in the tray
Only one person at a time is allowed.
Afterward, you enter your rotating pass code. Upon success the gatekeeper hits the open button.
Only then does the door open.
You are now inside Level 4.
If you wanted to go back out, you can't. He won't open the door for any reason.
There is an elevator, you get in it and it takes you to your designated floor. (There are no buttons.) Now you are underground in Level "5".
The elevator door closes and won't reopen until the end of the shift.
There is a bathroom and food and such down there, they aren't going to make you hold it for multiple hours.
All fire alarms are automatic (heat/smoke detector), there is no "panic button" you can hit; you are pretty much fending on your own at this
By that description, does this place sound familiar to anyone?
That is, if you are able to speak and/or care to.