‘Destination Pass’ program at Detroit Metro Airport allows visitors without tickets to pass checkpoint

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

A new program at Detroit Metropolitan Airport will allow visitors without air travel tickets the ability to enter the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals.

Called “DTW Destination Pass,” the program lets those who are not flying enjoy amenities of the airport, surprise an arriving traveler, or spend extra time with a loved one who is departing.

Last year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) amended its regulations, giving airports more flexibility when allowing non-ticketed visitors into the gate area.

“The new regulations allow us to expand our gate pass program that already exists for our Westin hotel guests,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “Now we can welcome more community members into our home to create memorable moments—from watching planes to greeting family and friends.”

The pass will be a pilot program and will be available to visitors at both terminals from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Those wishing to take advantage of the program must apply for a pass through the airport’s website the day before their planned visit.

Applicants will receive an email notification advising of their approval status. If approved, detailed instructions will be sent electronically.

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.

Additional information on the program, application process and requirements can be found at metroairport.com/about-us/dtw-destination-pass.


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