ROMULUS — A new program allowing non-travelers to visit loved ones beyond the security checkpoint in two terminals began last month at Detroit Metro Airport and is expected to run through the holiday season until the beginning of 2020.
The program, dubbed “DTW Destination Pass”, is the result of loosened regulations by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on non-ticketed visitors being at airports across the country.
“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 in a press release.
“Now we can welcome more community members into our home to create memorable moments—from watching planes to greeting family and friends.”
According to an MLive report, passes for the new program are being limited to 75 visitors per day through January 5.
In order to receive a pass, guests need to apply on the DTW website and be approved by the airport a day prior to their planned visit.
Non-ticketed visitors will be allowed to surprise arriving travelers at their gates, spend extra time with them and enjoy the restaurants and shops.
Those who are approved to do so should visit the McNamara Terminal Baggage Claim between carousels #2 and #3, and look for the DTW Destination Pass sign on the back wall.
The program is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at both the McNamara and North terminals, and visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Guests must submit to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft, the MLive report said. Approved participants will also be asked to complete a survey about the program so the airport can collect data and make adjustments prior to a wider release.
Those interested may visit https://www.metroairport.com/about-us/dtw-destination-pass to learn more.
The program launched shortly after the airport completed a major renovation of the North Terminal, which included the opening of several new eateries.