Detroit extends gate pass program

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From October 22, 2019, non-ticketed visitors to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport will be able to enter the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals through the DTW Destination Pass program.

The program, which is in a pilot phase, is available for visitors at both terminals from 8:00am to 8:00pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Those wishing to take advantage of it must apply for a pass through the airport’s website the day before their visit. Applicants will receive an email notification advising of their approval status. If approved, detailed instructions will be sent electronically. Applicants who are granted a DTW Destination Pass will receive a survey by email after their visit. Their feedback will help the Airport Authority evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

The DTW Destination Pass program will be limited to 75 visitor passes per day and is expected to end on January 5, 2020. Participants must submit to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft.

Last year, the USA’s Transportation Security Administration amended its regulations, giving airports more flexibility when allowing non-ticketed visitors into the gate area, and enabling Detroit to extend a gate pass program that already exists for its Westin hotel guests.

Photo credit: Wayne County Airport Authority/Vito Palmisano

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