DTW Destination Pass Program Will Allow Non-Ticketed Visitors Through Airport Security

75 passes will be available Tuesday-Sunday.

WWJ News
October 21, 2019 - 4:54 pm

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ROMULUS, Mich. (WWJ) -- Just in time for the holiday season, Detroit Metropolitan Airport has announced the launch of a new pilot program that will allow some non-ticketed visitors to pass through airport security in order to see travelers off at their gates.

The program, called DTW Destination Pass, will officially launch on Tuesday and run through the holiday season, ending on Jan. 5. Visitors without tickets will be able to log on to the airport's website and apply for the pass the day before a flight, allowing non-ticketed visitors to continue with their guests all the way to their gates or even surprise arriving loved ones. The program will only issue passes for flights coming in and out of the McNamara and North terminals. Passes are not available for international flights.

The program also allows those with passes the opportunity to check out restaurants and shops inside the airport.

Debra Sieg, with airport security, says security requirements for pass-holders will remain unchanged.

"We’ll go through the same security requirements as anyone that is flying out. Their name will be checked on the TSA’s secure flight system and they will go through the same screening process," Sieg told WWJ.

While the passes do provide more flexibility for travelers, passes are only available for travel between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and there will only be 75 passes available per day and they are on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information on Destination Pass can be found on the DTW website.