Non-ticketed visitors to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) will be able to enter the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals through the DTW Destination Pass program. As of October 22, those who are not flying can enjoy the amenities of the airport, greet 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 DTW Destination Pass program, which is in a pilot phase, is available for 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.
Applicants who are granted a DTW Destination Pass will receive a survey via email after their visit. Their feedback will help the Airport Authority evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
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.