Pittsburgh airport to let nonflyers visit gates
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.