Gate pass program at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
As promised, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is joining the list of airports that invite and allow non-ticketed guests airside, past security to shop, dine, listen to live music and spend more time with friends and family leaving for trips or coming home.
The free MSY Guest Pass program kicks off December 4 and will be available seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. MSY officials say the airport will issue no more than 50 passes on weekdays and no more than 100 passes each Saturday and Sunday.
Anyone seeking an MSY Guest Pass will need to sign up 24 hours in advance and provide their full name, date of birth and contact information. Visitors under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Pass holders must still pass through the security checkpoint and all pass holders will be limited to one visit per month.
MSY is justifiably proud of its shiny new terminal, which has branches of local shops such as Dirty Coast and Fleurty Girl and restaurants from award-winning chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, John Folse, Michael Gullotta, Susan Spicer, and the late Leah Chase and her family.
We expect more airports to join this trend, but for now just a few other airports offer gate passes to non-ticketed guests: Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has the MyPITpass program and Tampa International Airport (TPA) offers an All Access gate pass program.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is testing a gate pass program now through January 5.
Have you applied for a gate pass at one of these airports? If so, tell us how it worked.