Pittsburgh, PA – Starting today, Pittsburgh International Airport will be the first airport in the country to allow people without tickets to go to the “airside” boarding terminal where fliers get on and off planes.
It’s been 16 years since this last happened, due to new regulations in the aftermath of 9/11.
Non-flyers have to show a valid photo ID like a driver’s license or passport. Just like anyone who will be flying, their names will be checked against a no-fly list before they’re given a one-day pass to the airport.
Everyone, including non-flyers, has to pass through a security checkpoint and is subject to searches and restrictions.
After going through security, non-flyers are free to send off or welcome their loved ones home, shop at the Airmall or eat in any of the airport restaurants. Pittsburgh International will limit the program to 9 to 5 on weekdays at its start, but eventually hopes to expand it if it’s successful.
For more information, visit the airport’s page about the changes.