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Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airport?

Sun May 03, 2009 6:46 pm

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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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Sun May 03, 2009 7:02 pm

At IAH, terminal C non-pax could go to the toilet! Right now there are absolutely none before security
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Sun May 03, 2009 7:37 pm

Could go right to the gate in Atlanta.
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Sun May 03, 2009 7:46 pm



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.
 
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Mon May 04, 2009 12:46 am

At LAX we could walk right up to the gate.
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Mon May 04, 2009 1:07 am

I went to the gate at SRQ to meet a friend arriving in the spring of 99.
 
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Mon May 04, 2009 1:15 am

Terminal 5 at ORD was ticket-only past security. Terminals 1-3 as well as MDW were all open.
 
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Mon May 04, 2009 5:00 am

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.
 
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Mon May 04, 2009 8:13 am

Here in Australia, non passengers can still go through security, in all airports. Security doesn't check tickets at security  Smile
 
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Mon May 04, 2009 1:09 pm

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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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Mon May 04, 2009 3:13 pm



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

In every terminal?
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Mon May 04, 2009 8:51 pm

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. . .
 
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Tue May 05, 2009 12:47 am

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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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Tue May 05, 2009 6:31 pm

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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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Wed May 06, 2009 2:43 pm

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.
 
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Thu May 14, 2009 8:32 pm



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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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Thu May 14, 2009 10:27 pm

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.
 
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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Tue May 19, 2009 3:56 pm

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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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Tue May 19, 2009 7:13 pm

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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RE: Pre 9/11: Where Could Non-pax Go At Your Airpo

Thu May 21, 2009 5:56 am

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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