Pittsburgh’s airport will soon become the first in the U.S since 9/11 to allow members of the public who don’t have a ticket into secured areas.

The program, called MyPITpass, begins Sept. 5.

“Since I started here, people have been asking about being able to escort loved ones to the gate or being able to shop and dine at the airport,” Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said in a statement. She added that the airport has worked closely with the TSA on the program.

MyPITpass will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During those hours, the general public will be able to check-in on the third floor of the airport, across from Allegiant’s ticketing location, by showing a photo ID. There, they’ll be vetted and given a stamped pass to take to security. With that pass, they can go through security following the same rules as passengers. All rules for carry-on luggage will apply to those using MyPITpass.

The airport said ticketed passengers will be given priority in security lines.

In a statement, the TSA said that the program won’t reduce safety at Pittsburgh airport.

“Participants should be prepared to receive the same level of security screening as travelers and should ensure they’re not carrying any prohibited items such as weapons before coming through the security checkpoint,” said Karen Keys-Turner, TSA’s federal security director at the airport.

By Robert Silk /

Source: Travel Weekly