|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.
, 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
(back in 1972, my family boarded the ATL
727 via outside stairs), DFW
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981