California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) knows there are plenty of reasons people want to go to the airport even if they’re not flying.
That’s why ONT is joining other airports such as Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), and several others in offering a gate pass porgram.
Like those programs the new ONT+ program offers a gate pass to people who aren’t flying but who want to greet families and friends at the gate or spend more time with them before they take off.
“We all remember the excitement of being able to meet arriving family and friends as they get off the plane. ONT+ is a way to bring back some of that experience from decades ago, in a safe and secure manner,” said Dean Brown, ONT Public Safety Administrator, who worked closely with TSA in establishing the program.
The ONT+ visitor pass program also makes it possible for non-travelers to access the airports’ dining and retail establishments located in the terminal’s upper levels. Highlights include Author’s Bookstore and the 24-hour, automated Yo-Kai Express machines that cook ramen, udon, and other dishes in under 45 seconds.
To receive an ONT+ visitor pass, non-travelers must fill out an online application within seven days of their visit. If approved, visitors will receive an ONT+ Visitor Pass via e-mail, which they can use – along with a TSA-approved photo ID – to enter the security checkpoint.