Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) this week begins a pilot program to allow non-travelers to explore the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals through the DTW Destination Pass program.
The move will enable those not flying to enjoy the many amenities at DTW, surprise an arriving family member 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,” says 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.”
Currently in its pilot phase, the DTW Destination Pass program is available for visitors at both terminals from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and those wishing to participate must apply for a pass through the airport’s website the day before their planned visit.
The DTW Destination Pass program will be limited to 75 visitors per day and is expected to end on January 5, 2020. Participants must submit to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft.