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Another U.S. Airport Now Allows Non-Ticketed Visitors Through Security

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With a TPA All Access Pass, those without a plane ticket can now go through security at Tampa International Airport.

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With a TPA All Access Pass, those without a plane ticket can now go through security at Tampa International Airport.

Following a similar move at Pittsburgh airport, friends and family will now be able to greet passengers at their gate in Tampa.

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Tampa International Airport (TPA) has become the latest U.S. airport to allow non-ticketed visitors to go through security. The move harkens back to a time prior to the September 11 terror attacks when the ability to do so at the country’s airports was commonplace. (Those days feel like such a distant memory now, don’t they?)

In 2017, Pittsburgh International Airport became the first in the country post-9/11 to allow the public to access shops and restaurants beyond security without possessing an airline ticket. Last fall, Sea-Tac followed suit with a SEA Visitor Pass pilot program, which ended on December 14.

This week, Tampa International Airport introduced TPA All Access passes, which allow those who are not flying to experience post-security (also known as airside) shopping and dining, and to meet up there with friends and family arriving at the airport. The passes are available to up to 25 people every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Interested visitors must sign up online at least 24 hours prior to their visit. They must then pick up their pass at the information counter on Level 3 of the Main Terminal.

Approved visitors will go through standard security screening, so any security requirements for regular passengers will also be applied to visitors (minus the need for a boarding pass), including presenting a valid identification. TPA All Access pass holders will also be prohibited from bringing through any items that have been barred by the Transportation Security Administration.

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Visitors under 18 are allowed to obtain passes, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

This article originally appeared online in November 2018; it was updated on May 3, 2019, to include current information.

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