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Non-flyers can now enter security at airports


Tampa International Airport - Florida,  joins Pittsburgh International Airport in letting non-passengers go airside

A new pass scheme is in place which is allowing people -who are not flying, to go through airport security and go 'airside'. Tampa International Airport is the third airport, in the US, to try a scheme which allows non-flyers to come and use the facilities.

Other major US airports which allow non-travellers to pass through TSA checkpoints include Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania and Seattle Tacoma Airport, Washington - though this was a trial period.

Non-travellers airside

The ability to meet friends and families arriving by plane or sending them off at the gate was abolished due to security reasons regarding the 9/11 terror attacks in the US. The new scheme allows people to spend longer with their companions before travelling. It is also a boost for business travellers, as business can be conducted on lay-overs at the airport. The pre-registered individuals have the ability to meet with transiting travellers.

Restrictions at Tampa

Tampa International Airport announced this week that every Saturday it will open up for 100 people to visit the airport beyond the security checkpoint. The ‘All-Access’ program allows visitors to get gate passes to go beyond security and into the airside areas.

Non-travelling visitors need to register online at least 24 hours before they intend to visit the airport. Subject to approval they will be able to visit any time from 8 a.m to 8 p.m the following day. They will need photo identification to pass through security. Non-travelling visitors then will be able to use the entire airport’s amenities as well as browsing the duty-free outlets.

“Now families, foodies or even couples looking for a unique date experience can come try our chargrilled oysters at Ulele, sample locally brewed beer at Cigar City and shop for unique gifts and items at our duty-free and fine retail stores without having to buy a ticket,” the airport’s CEO, Joe Lopano, said in a statement.

For more information click here to visit Tampa International Airport’s ‘All Access’ scheme.

Article details

  • Author(s)
  • Jesslyn Thay
  • Date
  • 07 May 2019