Pittsburgh air­port to let non­fly­ers visit gates

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Care to do some shop­ping at the air­port, even if you’re not fly­ing? Or walk a loved one to the gate be­fore their flight?

You’ll be able to do that start­ing next week at Pittsburgh In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The fa­cil­ity is now poised to be­come the first U.S. air­port al­low non­fly­ers reg­u­lar ac­cess into its gate-side ter­mi­nal ar­eas since se­cu­rity mea­sures changed after the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks in 2001.

The air­port has won ap­proval from the Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion to al­low nontick­eted cus­tomers to pass through se­cu­rity, though they will still have to go through the same screen­ing as those catch­ing flights. They’ll also be re­quired to show ID so they can be vet­ted against no-fly lists.

“Par­tic­i­pants should be pre­pared to re­ceive the same level of se­cu­rity screen­ing as trav­el­ers and should en­sure they’re not car­ry­ing any pro­hib­ited items such as weapons be­fore com­ing through the se­cu­rity check­point,” TSA spokesman Mike Eng­land told USA TO­DAY. “We look for­ward to work­ing with the air­port on this pro­gram.”

Ac­cess with the “myPIT­pass” pro­gram starts Tues­day.

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