Pittsburgh International Could Be The First | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 01.15.18

Airborne-UnManned 01.16.18

Airborne 01.17.18

AMA Drone Report 01.18.18

Airborne 01.19.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 01.15.18

Airborne-UnManned 01.16.18

Airborne 01.17.18

AMA Drone Report 01.18.18

Airborne 01.19.18

Tue, Apr 20, 2004

Pittsburgh International Could Be The First

Security Rules May Be Relaxed

By ANN Editor Pete Combs

It's a worst moment and it happens every time I see my son off at the airport for his trip across country, back to his mother's house. I get the 13-year old boy to the security checkpoint and wave goodbye. Tears in his eyes, he waves goodbye and then goes into the terminal concourse -- a place I generally can't go since the 9/11 attacks. My worst fear is that he'll do what his older step-siblings did on their last flight to see us. They wandered confused around the concourse until their flight departed, hopelessly lost and afraid to ask someone for directions.

In short, I'd feel a helluva lot better if I could take him to the gate myself. Getting permission to do so is a hit-or-miss proposition at the ticket counter. So I waive goodbye and I wait until the flight is gone, making sure no one is frantically paging me on the airport intercom.

Okay, that's my angst. But for parents who face similar missions in Pittsburgh (PA), it's an angst that may soon be gone.

Pittsburgh International could well become the first major airport where federal security officials drop the rule that prohibits non-flyers from the gate concourses. And if Pittsburgh does it right, the airport could serve as a model for the rest of the country.

"This is new, this is exciting, because we're basically rewriting the security directives in order to allow non-ticketed passengers to go through security," said JoAnn Jenny, spokeswoman for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which runs the airport.

Airport leaders and Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation have pushed hard to get the Department of Homeland Security and the FAA to allow the change for two reasons: it's more economical and it's easier on passengers.

Pittsburgh is an ideal candidate for the experiment. There, the security is centralized. Just on the other side of security is a full-scale shopping mall where sales have fallen dramatically since security was dramatically stepped up after 9/11.

If approved, the idea would be for non-flyers to go through security just like ticketed passengers. They'd have to pass the metal detectors and the shoe-searches. But passengers don't seem to mind.

And, believe it or not, the TSA seems to agree, at least, in principle.

"There's a customer service benefit to be had here, but at the end of the day, the security of the flying public at the Pittsburgh airport is going to come before anything else," said the TSA's Northeast regional spokeswoman, Ann Davis. "And I think passengers appreciate that."

I know I would.

FMI: www.pitairport.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.17.18: Trans States $$$, Lost Pilot, Scout Aero Heli

Also: Autonomous Air Tanker, Turkish Airliner Cliff Dive, GAMA Scholarship, Rolls-Royce Test Facility Trans States Airlines has announced a $44,000 signing bonus for new hire First>[...]

AMA Drone Report 01.18.18: 1 Million Drone Reg's, Autel EVO, FAA Sued Again

Also: New DJI Mavic?, SureFly Not Yet, Drones Tracking Illegal Dumping, 'Illicit' Drone Video The FAA has registered a million drones, the DOT announced last week at CES in Las Veg>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 01.16.18: AUVSI Trusted Operator, Typhoon H Plus, Intel

Also: Drones Tracking Illegal Dumping, Arctic UAS, Airspace Situational Awareness, TrueView R20 AUVSI has announced the appointment of leading industry stakeholders to serve on a s>[...]

Airborne 01.19.18: Airbus A380 Reprieve, FAA Sued, FAA Defends Drop Zone

Also: Skydiving Museum, Nature Air Suspended, IAC 2017 Collegiate Program, StandardAero Ceases LAX Ops You can hear the sigh of relief from across the Atlantic... After several mon>[...]

Airborne 01.19.18: Airbus A380 Reprieve, FAA Sued, FAA Defends Drop Zone

Also: Skydiving Museum, Nature Air Suspended, IAC 2017 Collegiate Program, StandardAero Ceases LAX Ops You can hear the sigh of relief from across the Atlantic... After several mon>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC