You may remember the ‘old day’s’ of flying, when friends and family could go with you to the airport – and to the gate – to send you off, and when they were there at the gate with hugs and kisses when you got home.
9/11 changed all that, but now Pittsburgh International Airport is bringing that airport amenity back.
The airport has worked with the Transportation Security Administration to get approval for a program that gives the non-flying public to access gates, shops and restaurants beyond the security checkpoint. No plane ticket and, they emphasize, no reduction in security, will be necessary.
The ‘myPITpass” program starts at 9 a.m. on September 5 and will issue same-day passes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Here’s how it works:
- Check in on 3rd Floor Ticketing Level (across from Allegiant)
- Show a valid photo ID (Driver’s License or Passport)
- Have your name vetted and get a stamped myPITpass
- Go through security checkpoint observing the same rules as passengers boarding flights.
The program builds on PIT’s successful Holiday Open House program and the Airside access for guests program offered by the airport Hyatt hotel.
In addition to giving non-flyers access to the gates for sending off loved ones and welcoming them home, the program gives the public access to the great artwork at PIT Airport.