While taking off your shoes and going through the scanner are now hard and fast security rules at the airport, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is at least hoping to bring back the at-gate greeting, according to the Seattle Times.
This new measure will make Sea-Tac the first airport in the U.S. to allow visitors beyond security since 9/11. The “Visitor Pass Program” will allow people without tickets to access domestic travel gates only after a TSA screening, the Seattle Times explained.Holiday Season
During this test run, the program will only allow 50 visitors per day. Sign up will happen online before 1:30 p.m. on the day before their visit. If the TSA sends an approval email, the would-be visitor may pick up a pass when they arrive at the airport the next day. Signing up, however, does not guarantee a spot, so it’s good to act fast.
Visitors with passes must also have a photo ID and go through the same TSA checkpoint as ticketed passengers (sorry, you can’t get away from those body scans just yet). The day pass also encourages non-travelers to shop and eat at the airport, thereby increasing revenue for Sea-Tac as well.