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Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airport?  
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6631 posts, RR: 21
Posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6569 times:

Pre 9/11, as a non-pax, could you go through the security checkpoint at your airport? I know some airports in the USA didn't allow this back then as well. In fact some were split. At LGA, I could get thru in all the terminals except the central terminal.

SRQ, MCO, TPA, PIE, PBI, I could get through. At some airports like MIA and FLL, the sign would say ticketed pax only beyond this point. I would get in line and sail right through. Anyone know if non-pax were allowed through at the old PBI main terminal?

I visited PHL,BWI, DCA, IAD about a week before 9/11, and I got through all the checkpoints except BWI's concourse E.


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4725 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6549 times:

At IAH, terminal C non-pax could go to the toilet! Right now there are absolutely none before security


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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6513 times:

Could go right to the gate in Atlanta.


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User currently offlineDelta763 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6493 times:



Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 2):
Could go right to the gate in Atlanta.

One of my favorite ways to pass an afternoon in Atlanta was to visit the terminal and do some people- and plane-watching. I hate that we can't do that anymore.


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3016 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6429 times:

At LAX we could walk right up to the gate.


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User currently offlineSectflyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6426 times:

I went to the gate at SRQ to meet a friend arriving in the spring of 99.

User currently offlineElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 759 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6424 times:

Terminal 5 at ORD was ticket-only past security. Terminals 1-3 as well as MDW were all open.

User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2024 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6405 times:

MSP was to-the-gate. I remember those days. I was too young to remember exactly where I was, so the Lindbergh terminal seemed monstrous. I had so much fun being "lost" and letting my parents handle the navigation. I remember going up to the observation deck, walking down the C concourse (then green concourse) to drop off or pick up my uncle at the USAir gate, or just walking around and looking at all the jets. I don't remember the policy at the Humphrey terminal, since I don't think I ever went past security pre-9/11. Fun times now gone.

User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 539 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6388 times:

Here in Australia, non passengers can still go through security, in all airports. Security doesn't check tickets at security  Smile

User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6375 times:

I remember at CLT non-pax could go right to the gate. Whenever I went to visit family in NC, they would always be waiting at the gate as I stepped off the plane...except when I flew direct from LGW on Piedmont that is!


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6631 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6367 times:



Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 4):
At LAX we could walk right up to the gate.

In every terminal?



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User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6346 times:
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MCI - to the gate. . .Well, I remember in the 70's - 80's at MCI -- when I would take my Gran to the airport for her trips -- They (TW) would let me walk her right on the plane. Make sure she got in her seat o.k. Say goodbye and I would walk off. I took a friend to MCI late 70's sometime. . . he got on the plane and accidentally took my wallet with him. . . Again, on TW - Remember rushing up to the gate agent -- he was busy, so he just said - go ahead on board and get it back. I did. The days of innocence. . .

User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6324 times:

PIT - To the gate. We had/have a shopping mall inside the Airside terminal, so sometimes my mom would go there to shop and would be the only "mall" I couldn't wait to go to. When the checkpoint was cut off to ticketed folks only, the Airmall took a big hit.


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8468 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6284 times:
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JNB was the same then as it is now. The furthest a non-passenger could go was where they check your boarding pass at the X ray machine and scanner.


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User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6255 times:

In STL you could go up to the gate. I flew LGW-STL in 1994 and 1999, and at least one of those times I saw my mom waiting for me on the other side of the glass as I exited the jetway and headed for customs.

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7558 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6074 times:



Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 12):
PIT - To the gate. We had/have a shopping mall inside the Airside terminal, so sometimes my mom would go there to shop and would be the only "mall" I couldn't wait to go to. When the checkpoint was cut off to ticketed folks only, the Airmall took a big hit.

Similar was true with PHL's Terminal B/C marketplace that opened up in mid-90s. It was originally marketed as a place where travelers and nontravelers alike can go and shop, eat, etc. Needless to say, 9/11 changed all that. While there are some shops and eateries on the public side of the terminals; the majority of them (including the fore-mentioned Terminal B/C Marketplace) were located on the secure-side of the airport.

At TOL, there was a Marcos Pizza restaurant near Gate 3 (then, a US Express gate) where anybody can go grab a bite; it was the only eatery in the whole terminal. On 9/9/01, while waiting for my rain-delayed flight to PIT; my father (who was my ride to/from the airport) and I had dinner at Marcos.

Post-9/11, that Marcos Pizza was literally cut off from non-passenger visitors. It took about 2 to 3 years before a second Marcos Pizza branch opened on the public side of the terminal.

To directly answer your earlier question, pre-9/11; most airports in the U.S. allowed anybody to proceed up to the gates. My pre-9/11 airport experiences are based on the following airports: ABE, ATL, BOS, DAB (back in 1972, my family boarded the ATL-bound EA 727 via outside stairs), DFW, DTW, PHL & TOL.



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User currently offlineMax550 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6067 times:

The only one I really remember is BOS. I remember going there when I was about 9 or 10 years old, we went through security and up to the gates. Actually, I remember going about halfway down the jetway at one of the gates to look out the little window and after about 30 seconds someone came and told me only passengers could be there.

User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6170 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5963 times:
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At DTW and STL you could go right up to the gate. Those were the good ole' days when you could go and see friends off and meet people. You could also join some stop over friends in a beer or two.

DTW's Worldgateway has no bars before security.

Going all the way to gate pre-9/11 wasn't always allowed. I remember at DEN, when I was a kid in the 1980s, you could go all the way to the gate. Then in mid 1980s you could not, by the late 1980s you could go all the way to the gate again. Around the time those hijackers got that TWA 727 was the time you could no longer go to the gate without a ticket at DEN. I don't know if it was like that at any other airports.



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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5950 times:

BOS, one could pass through all the security checkpoints except the International terminal (E). I remember I worked at a small store at BOS but as it was landside, I didn't need a security badge however if I got to work a little early, I'd go to the end of the United pier in Terminal C and watch the action for a bit before heading to work. I would also occasionally pass through security to get lunch at the US Airways pier in Terminal B since they had decent food selection at their food court.

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User currently offlineTimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5894 times:

In late summer 2001, I was able, without a ticket, to go right up to the door where passengers come out after deplaning. I could have opend the plane door myself! This was Terminal C at Logan.

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