Send us your thoughts and questions, if we can help, we will answer you: firstname.lastname@example.org Please take my poll at http://www.misterpoll.com/polls/135313 OR http://www.petitiononline.com/ENDTPO/petition.html. Just click. Please go to Sam’s Facebook site “End ticketed passengers only” at https://www.facebook.com/groups/endthetsa/ PLEASE NOTE
Articles, comments, and opinions on this site are NOT in chronological order, but rather in categories; ticketed passengers obviously being number one. From there, the site goes on to other airport security issues. The placements of editorials are not less important just because it is further down on the site. This site is updates almost on a daily basis and one must scroll down the page and look at dates because new stories can be placed on any part of the site.
Please also go to the End “ticketed passengers only” at North American airports – Continuation page for additional photos and stories about how really bad TPO is. Also I have compiled some pre 9/11 photos like the one below that might bring back memories.
Like Harvey’s Hamburgers, meeting people coming off the plane at the gate/lounge is a beautiful thing! Averill 4/20/14
Remember, we on this site are all US Citizens, we refer and direct our comments towards the TSA and the DHS. But to all our Canadian friends and readers, everything we say on this site dealing with the TSA is equally directed towards CATSA. They seem to be nothing more than a “knock-off” of their American Cousins; following almost everything the TSA does. When we say we want the “TSA” to end “ticketed passengers only”, and all the other stupid policies they invoke, This is equally directed to the airport security “chumps” north of the 49th Parallel ! _________________________________________________________________________ WHY TICKETED PASSENGERS ONLY SHOULD BE ENDED. www.spittlevixens.com/reen/airportphotos.html This site is dedicated to the ending of the policy of not allowing visitors (non- passengers) past security checkpoints at airports (ticketed passengers only) in the United States and Canada. This policy was put into effect at all airports after the 9/11 attacks as a “feel good” solution to airport security. But is nothing more than a waste of time using “smoke and mirrors” and, “window dressing” to make people “feel” safer, yet dose nothing to enhance security. I work for a major airline in Philadelphia, I know! At this site, we know we are not the only ones who feel this way. But, there is no organized effort to end this policy in North America. It is our hope that this site, and others, will help end this ridicules policy and put the gate areas of airports, beyond security, back to an open configuration, (open to the public with no ticket or pass needed to enter). Your help is needed. We hope that the ideas of writers to this site, and our impute, will help in ending this policy; in the short run, we want to help the average citizen and visitors, (meeter and greeters) to the airport, to get “gate passes” to go through security checkpoints, and ultimately to end this policy at ALL North American airports. __ NEW-PLEASE READ – This could be the beginning of the end of “ticketed passengers only”. PIT wants non-passengers allowed past security to shop Keith Hodan | Trib Total Media Travelers pass by the AJ Armani store at the Airmall in the Pittsburgh International Airport, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, By Bobby Kerlik Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, 10:15 p.m. Officials at Pittsburgh International Airport are pushing the Transportation Security Administration to allow the non-ticketed public beyond security, a rarity in high-security post-9/11 American airports. Airport officials are planning a TSA-approved open house Dec. 6 that would allow people without airline tickets to go beyond the security checkpoint and visit shops and restaurants they can’t access now, the second such event in two years and reminiscent of times before 9/11-related security changes. They’ll also have access to gate areas. “I think it’s a good idea. It would be nice to say, ‘Hey, I’ll meet you at Friday’s,’ and sit down and have a cup of coffee while you wait to pick someone up,” John Harrison, 72, of West Deer said as he stood outside the security area Wednesday waiting to pick up his son and grandchildren. “Years ago, my wife would pick me up at the gate and the kids would watch the planes come in. It was nice,” he said. Pittsburgh airport officials are pressing TSA to allow the public more access. TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy said the agency received a proposal from Pittsburgh International for more frequent public visits and is reviewing it. He couldn’t immediately confirm that Pittsburgh is the first airport to have an open house, but he said he doesn’t know of any others in the Northeast. “We’re exploring what options may be available,” McCarthy said. “There have been proposals from the Allegheny County Airport Authority as far as having them do this on a more routine basis. It’s something we’re looking at and making sure we have the right resources in place.” Airport security expert Art Kosatka, CEO of Olney, Md.-based Transecure Inc., said the open house can be done safely. “Personally, I agree with it as long as everyone is going through screening. One argument against it is that the security line is already long,” Kosatka said. “It makes sense to try it for one day and see what, if anything, got screwed up.” Kosatka, who formerly worked for the TSA and Federal Aviation Administration, said for TSA to permanently allow such a move, it would likely need more agents to handle greater numbers of people through security and identity screenings. “If it works, of course, you’re going to have 37 other cities saying we want to do that, too,” Kosatka said. Allegheny County Airport Authority acting Executive Director Jim Gill said he believes it can work. “It’s (the open house) a Saturday afternoon. We don’t want to squeeze people through during a busy time, and this is an opportunity to do it during a less crowded time,” he said. “The feedback we hear is that folks not traveling would like to come out to the airport, not just for shopping and dining, but this is a chance to come out and appreciate some of the improvements.” The open house is scheduled noon to 6 p.m. and will feature free parking for open house-goers, Gill said. People headed for the airside terminal will have to go through security but will have a separate line at the alternate checkpoint on the upper level of the landside terminal, a TSA spokesman said. Those planning to get in are asked to register online so agents can conduct the same advance security checks flyers get when they buy tickets, Gill said. Walk-ups will not be turned away but may have to wait while they are processed. The airport offered a similar event two years ago that attracted 600 people. Guests staying at the airport Hyatt Hotel are always eligible to get a pass to go beyond security after clearance, Gill said. Gill said the airport would like to do open houses on a more frequent basis with the cooperation and approval of the TSA. “We’d love to see it happen, but we understand the highest priority is aviation security,” he said. Increasing the number of airport visitors would likely benefit the Air Mall and its merchants. The airport’s core recently underwent a $10 million renovation and several stores opened this year. Flooring designed by a Carnegie Mellon University artist is being installed. “I think people are interested in having access to our great variety of shops. This will give all those yearning to get airside a chance without buying a ticket,” said Air Mall spokeswoman Tina Richardson. “As long as the proper security is in place — obviously that’s paramount.” Air Mall business nosedived after US Airways dumped Pittsburgh as a hub a decade ago, though revenue rebounded somewhat in recent years. Passenger traffic dipped from a peak of 20 million passengers in 2001 to fewer than 7.9 million passengers last year, its lowest total since 7.3 million people flew out of the former Greater Pittsburgh International Airport in 1975. This year, numbers are on the rebound as the airport reported higher passenger traffic for five straight months through September, up 1.5 percent compared to the same time period last year. Mt. Lebanon resident Mariellen Kerr, who was flying Wednesday, stopped by the Johnston & Murphy clothing store. “I don’t think we’d come out that day (Dec. 6) because we live near other (shopping) options, but I do think it’s a good idea. There’s a lot of higher-end stores here that are not available anywhere else,” Kerr said. Harriet Mork, 65, of Wilkinsburg, stopped at Erwin Pearl jewelry store en route to her gate on her way to Florida. She said she’d come out on Dec. 6. “It’s something to do,” she said. Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or email@example.com. Copyright © 2014 — Trib Total Media Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/7247254-74/airport-security-open#ixzz3KnpJW9dt Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook_ Ladies and gentlemen, This is the chance we all have been waiting for. A test to show that “ticketed passengers only” is the farce that we always said it was. Hats off to the Alleghany County Aviation Department. If you are in the South West Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh area on the 10th (Wednesday), go to the airport. Go past security without a ticket and shop in their “Sky Mall”. Watch the planes take off. See your friends and family off at the gate. Prove to the TSA that security has nothing to do with keeping meters and greeters out. Spend money in the shops, Let the store managers see what it’s like to make real money. Believe me, they will complain to the TSA, too. And most important write to Pittsburgh International airport and thank them for fighting to prove and end this policy. And, of course, write to the TSA, your Concessional Reps. If you don’t live in Pitt. Do the same where you live. Tell your airport authority that you want them to push the TSA to end “ticketed passengers only” where you live, too. Here’s your chance! Do your part, Please! Below is the procedure to go past security on Wednesday, ACAA AND AIRMALL PITTSBURGH TO OPEN TO PUBLIC FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING, ONE DAY ONLY PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 25, 2014) – On December 6, the best in airport dining and shopping will be available to all, not just ticketed passengers. The Allegheny County Airport Authority, in cooperation with AIRMALL Pittsburgh, will allow the public to access the Airside Terminal for Shopping and Dining at the Airport – One Day Only, on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Interested shoppers will need to arrive between 12 noon and 6 pm and present a government-issued photo ID such as a drivers’ license or passport to get a pass to go through the screening checkpoint. This check-in table will be located on the Ticketing level near the ARCH sculpture, Pittsburgh International Airport. Parking is available in the airport parking lot and a voucher for free parking (valid for Dec. 6 only) will be given to shoppers when they check in with their IDs. Individuals age 18 or under are not required to have an ID. All shoppers are encouraged to preregister. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. “It’s really an effort to give local stakeholders the opportunity to see what’s going on at the airport without having to be traveling. We are pleased that we were able to work with the Transportation Security Administration to make this unique holiday shopping experience possible. This is a wonderful way to respond to a high amount of interest from the public and to show off all the improvements around the airport,” said James Gill, Acting Executive Director, Allegheny County Airport Authority. From books and bagels to shoes and shades, the award-winning AIRMALL will be open to the public for shopping and dining from Noon to 6 p.m. Many discounts and specials will be offered for this event. The airport will offer free parking for visitors and holiday entertainment. Santa will be on hand and gift wrapping will also be available. Shops and eateries will be opened until 8 pm. Those wishing to attend should: 1) Register online in advance. (When you register, you will be asked to state your name exactly as it appears on your drivers’ license and provide your date of birth.) 2) On Dec. 6, show photo ID and obtain a security pass on Landside Ticketing Level near Arch. 3) Proceed to screening through the Alternate Security Checkpoint. Walk-ups will be allowed to check in for shopping but in-person registration will take longer for those not pre-registered. All those seeking entry to the Airside Terminal must show a valid photo ID and observe standard airport security rules. Shoppers will be able to browse new, one-of-a-kind international brands like Armani Jeans, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Pinko, Desigual, Furla and Tumi for great gifts for the discerning traveler and others on their list. Many of these stores are not available anywhere else in the region. AIRMALL features more than 30 unique shops including Harley Davidson, Nine West and PGA Tour Stop among other top brands. Stock your travel beauty bag with designer make up and fragrances. Find top brand electronics, the latest in international fashion, chic leather handbags and shoes, glitzy jewelry, accessories and more, all at regular mall prices guaranteed. No airport markups! While shopping, visitors can stop for a bite to eat at Iron Chef Michael Symon’s restaurant, Bar Symon, warm up with atomic wings at Quaker Steak and Lube or sample a delicious yogurt smoothie at Pinkberry. The AIRMALL has more than 20 quick service and waited service dining options. The Holiday Shopping at the Airport is part of the ongoing celebration of AIRMALL’s $10 million renovation of the Center Core and other projects designed to enhance travelers’ experience in the airport. It is fashion, food and flair with altitude! 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Miami International Airport in late 1980’s or in the 1990’s. The way it used to be-the way IT WILL BE again with your help. Don’t think “ticketed passengers only” will never be ended or revised, and the TSA and DHS is a god in all this. The same was of the old 55 MPH speed limit. Remember when they said that would be permanent? Well it wasn’t. First the limit was raised to 65 on rural expressways/freeways, etc. in 1987. And then it was fully repealed in December of 1995? Well TPO can be ended too. It will not be easy. Ending government laws and regulation is never easy, but it can, and in this case, will be ended. We only have to get the word out, and keep on pushing until the TSA gives in, congress makes them end this stupid rule.
Below is an editorial I wrote which was placed in USA Today (in abbreviated form) which will give my reasons and experiences in dealing with “ticketed passengers only”. Please read it, heed it and HELP!!
If there is one thing I can’t understand or stand, it’s when government and other officials create senseless rules for our safety. Since September 11, 2001, the FAA has come out with a river of mandates and rules in order to make flying “safer”, and much more cumbersome. Some of these rules make sense such as reinforcing of cockpit doors, and better background checks of employees with access to the AOA (Air Operation Area) “the Tarmac” or Ramp. But many are nothing more than window dressing to give the illusion to the public that security is being beefed-up. Noticeably, National Guard solders stationed at checkpoints with no Police Power or even bullets in their guns back in 2001.
Or, rules allowing tweezers with rounded heads, but prohibiting pointy-head tweezers. Or the formation of a huge new federal borocracy, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). If the public feels safer with the knowledge that only allowing one cigarette lighter per person past the check point is permissible, then the average citizen, with their skulls full of mush, waiting 1/2 hour or more to go through the checkpoints, deserve what they get with this so called better and “enhanced” security. At least now, the TSA is allowing certain items through again, like scissor, which I agree with. And more should be allowed down in sterile areas which are of limited threat. (but now, no liquids or pastes). No water!
But there is another security policy, which everyone should be aware of for the farce it is and represents. It is the taking away of YOUR freedom of movement at your airport. This useless waste of time and manpower of only allowing persons with tickets past the security screening areas, known as “ticketed passengers only”. Don’t be fooled, “ticketed passengers only” is NOT a security measure. The following is only a partial list as to why this is a waste of time. I know, I worked as a supervisor at a security checkpoint for five years, and for the last 10 years have worked for a major airline.
1. Preventing non-passengers (meeters and greeters) from going to gates does not enhance security since all persons must pass through security and clear checkpoint areas. Meeters and greeters make up a small percentage of all pedestrian traffic (10 to 15%), and have little if any effect on security, logistically.
2. Prohibits friends and loved-ones from providing assistance to children (unaccompanied minors), elderly and handicapped persons. While gate passes may be available, many people do not know the procedure and are unable to obtain one. This is coupled with the fact that airlines are laying-off employees, thus causing even less assistance to travelers in need. This could also lead to violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act in the U.S.
3. Visitors are less likely to be a security threat. They usually do not have large bags and simply walk through the magnetometer. And at certain slow times of the day, there are no passengers walking through the checkpoint at all. There is no reason not to let these persons through to the gate area.
4. The Airport, including all gate areas, is public and should be open to all. This procedure is followed in courthouses and other government buildings. “Ticketed passengers only” is an unnecessary and unacceptable restriction of movement, and serves no useful purpose. It only leads to the inconvenience of everyone.
5. Businesses and Restaurants, airport malls, at the airport are seeing a financial loss due to less revenue because of “ticketed passengers only”. I work at an airport and can observe first hand what kind of disruption this security policy causes. Here are just a few situations where I have personally been involved:
1) I had an elderly frail lady of about 80 years of age who came off a flight and was expecting her son to be waiting for her. Of course he wasn’t because of “ticketed passengers only”. She only spoke Spanish. We did find a Spanish-speaking agent and found that the lady did not want to move until her son showed up. We finally convinced her to get in a cart so I could drive her to security where he was waiting. Needless to say he was not pleased, either. I told him that he should write to the FAA, now the TSA, seeing it is they who imposed this “stupid” policy. I also told him that the next time, assuming this policy is still in effect, he should demand a gate pass. It seems I was the only one who bothered to tell him about these passes.
2) A mentally retarded young lady arrived on a flight from Charlotte. Her mother could not meet her at the gate, as she was not aware of this policy, and did not know about obtaining a gate pass. At this point the police were called in because the mother was worried about her daughter. It took almost two hours to find the young lady. If the mother had been at the gate, this would not have happened.
3) A couple of days later, I was assisting a couple through customs. Their connecting flight was not until the next morning. I thought I would take them through security and put them on an electric cart to take them to the hotel, which is connected to terminal B. Customs is in A. Stupid me. They would not let them through security even though I was with them because of “ticketed passengers only”, and their tickets were for the following day. So I had to take them across and outside, in the pouring rain, on the Departure road. Boy, I’m so glad my friends at the FAA now (TSA) instituted “ticketed passengers only”, for our safety! The TSA knows that passengers being escorted by employees with ID’s do not have to show tickets in the first place. The rules have changed, even if you have an ID, you now need a sticker on it showing that you are allowed TO escort!
4) A passenger came in from a flight at the bottom of “C” concourse. He was wheel- chair bound. Because of staffing shortages, no one was able to wheel him up to baggage claim or at least to security where the party who was to pick him up was waiting. This should not have been a problem. If the party picking him up was at the gate, they could wheel him up themselves. But, of course, there is “ticketed passengers only” and they could not help him. He waited for nearly an hour until someone was able to take him up. I was coming from baggage claim at the end of this incident. When the family stopped me, and started to “vent” to me about what had happened. All I could tell them was that they had a good ADA claim. Not against the airline, but the government, because it is their policy which the industry must follow by government fiat.
5) An unaccompanied minor was terminating at PHL, the parents were not allowed to the gate and no one told them they could get a gate pass. It took over a half hour to locate them. They were less than happy. On this same note, I had another minor termination in Philadelphia. They were aware that they could get passes but, unbelievably, denied them. When we found them, they were understandably livid. After I calmed them down and they told me what had happened, I was angry myself. I told them it was my airlines policy to give passes to all who are letting off or picking up minors
6) And this is my personal favourite: April 25 was National “bring your kids to work day”. But because of “ticketed passengers only” employees were not allowed to bring their children to work. Their own children, who we can escort through, anyway! Outrageous! Did you know that infants and lap-children now need a ticket to get through? It’s true! \ These children need boarding passes. They fly for free, they have no ticket, we have to print a “Infant boarding pass” now so an 8 month year old infant can go through security!!!
How did these terrorists get on the planes in the first place? The fact is that on September 11, the terrorists, like everyone else, had tickets! You can’t get on the plane without one. How would “ticketed passengers only” have stopped them? In fact several of these thugs were picked out for a more thorough check. But were passed because the knives they had were less than 4 inches long. In accordance with FAA regulations at the time. Why did everyone come down on the security persons? They DID their job! And box cutters were NEVER allowed past security! And think about this, how many more freedoms do you want taken away, incrementally. If this policy of “ticketed passengers only” is not ended, it will give government technocrats all the excuses they need to implement even more draconian policies, not only at airports, but also in other facets of our lives.
For right now, however, if you need to pick up or drop off anyone at the airport, and if you want to go with them to the gate to see them off, go to the ticket counter and get a gate pass, if they ask “why”, give them any excuse you want. It is not up to the airlines or FAA/TSA/ CATSA/FBI/RCMP, pick your own alphabet soup agency, to determine what is a “demonstrable handicap” or a “legitimate reason” for you wanting go to the gate area. Who are they to pass judgment on what is the premise of giving out a pass.
The ADA in the U.S. and other laws are so wildly interpreted that you could say the person you’re picking up is a drunk, which makes them handicapped. If enough people write the TSA and their Congressional Delegation, or CATSA and their MP’s, in Canada, plus the airlines with complaint after complaint, they will get the message. This policy only causes confusion and problems; it does not provide added security. It’s very important to have the terminals opened up again. You can still go through security in Federal buildings. Why not at the airport? What’s the difference? “Ticketed passengers only” might have its place for short periods of time during emergencies. However, 5 years after the tragedy of September 11, this policy is still being enforced. At this point it only adds to the problems of the passengers and meeters and greeter. Also, the loss of revenue for businesses at the airports, such as “restaurants, clothing stores, etc.” These businesses serve not only passengers but also the people who visit the airports for dining.
Also, the airlines are as responsible as the TSA and CATSA. If they would speak out against “ticketed passengers only”, which they won’t, the policy would end in a month. In many ways, it’s the airlines whom you pay to fly you somewhere, who are also the ones preventing your meeters from being allowed down to the gate to assist you! Even assuming “ticketed passengers only” is ended, what is needed is Federal laws, which makes this policy illegal except for immediate emergency situations. It could be titled the “Freedom of Access Act, of 2009”. It’s up to you and me to let our voices be heard by e-mail, letters, etc. to the TSA, ( CATSA) in Canada and your Congressional Delegation, or MP until this policy of the illusion of security is ended.
Finally, there’s the question of how our nations deal with the critical question of preserving both a reasonable measure of safety with individual rights in general. Striking a balance between feeling safe as opposed to being safe, and being free at the same time, is the most tenuous security concern of all. Averill Hecht Cheltenham, Pa. All comments are welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org Please speak-up,
2013-11-18T07:47:42Z KATHLEEN ROGERS Frustration with the Transportation Security Administration won’t lighten the burdens imposed on travelers at the airport. The recent tragic event at LAX is certainly not an answer. The individuals behind the uniforms are doing the work they’ve been hired to do. But are we really better off with the rules that incite both distress and jokes? Typically, muffled giggles and snorts erupt when the subject of the TSA is mentioned in conversation — but only when out of earshot. Everyone has a story to tell, and yet no one wants to end up on a watch list. The TSA has dismantled common sense, creating a sea of ineptitude in an attempt to treat everyone the same, while perhaps ignoring the obvious. Traveling for work, both before and after that horrific day in September 2001, I have adjusted to the new norm of enhanced screening. Driving to the airport, my mind shuffles through a self-imposed airport “worry” list — I hope my flight isn’t delayed — or bumpy — and that the person next to me doesn’t spread out. I will gladly console a crying baby. The downward spiral of more than trivial worries — plane crashes, hijackings and shootings, I appease with relaxation breathing. Denial works too. Airport security is a mandatory annoyance — flashing my identification and boarding pass; slipping off and on my heels; unpacking and repacking my computer; and clear, one quart bags holding 3-ounce containers of liquids. The routine is blasé, but I still get the jitters while hoping for a seamless transition to the “other side.” Wheeling my carry-on behind me, I visualize a stamp of approval at the checkpoint crossing. My stride slows with the crowd of business people, military personnel, families and students; ebbing and flowing through the amusement park-like line, up to the TSA checkpoint. Breaking out in a sweat, I attempt a transition into chakras meditation before suspending my individual rights to fancy uniforms milling around with indeterminate training, brusque conduct, and lots of power. Don’t laugh. Lucky me! I’ve been selected to enter the advanced screening capsule. Asking “why” is not acceptable, so I place the soles (perhaps my soul?) submissively on the foot pattern with my arms up in surrender. The machine makes a Cuisinart whirl, searching my inner person for compromising paraphernalia. I suppress the plea for Scotty to “Beam me up!” Once the mixer door opens, TSA guy points over his shoulder and says, “Go over there for additional screening.” I protest silently. “I answered the questions correctly … no weapon in my carry-on … or flammable materials … and you examined every inch of my body. Look at the pictures! On second thought — no, don’t look.” The eyes of another TSA guy drift up and down my “person,” looking for heaven knows what. “Is something wrong Ma’am?” “No,” I lie. I don’t want to be flagged as a discontent. Reading minds will be next. “Is this yours?” TSA girl asks, holding up a shiny, silver cylinder. “It’s over the limit.” I whisper a bad word. They found it! Hoping they’ll make an exception, I smile and say, “It’s only my expensive 4-ounce can of hairspray.” TSA girl confiscates it anyway. Where do those items end up? I look for common, suspicious characteristics with the other clandestine passengers pulled aside for special treatment. There is that saying, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Maybe I’m a security menace after all, along with the little girl and her doll, the man with the hip replacement, and the woman with a pacemaker. Obediently, I tried to follow the rules with my correct travel ensemble… one carry-on, one personal item, identification, boarding pass, bare feet, adherence to the liquids rules (except hairspray), and my almost zipped lips. Onboard the plane, I stow my bag under the seat in front of me, only to find my full, forgotten, overlooked — and TSA-forbidden — water bottle. I feel so safe. Kathleen Rogers is a member of The Olympian’s 2013 Board of Contributors. She can be reached at email@example.com. Copyright 2013 . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterGoogle PlusRedditE-mailPrintOrder a reprint of this story Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2013/11/18/2836234/airport-security-protocol-is-hard.html#storylink=cpy Thanks so much for your email! I will take a look at your website.Appreciate the comments.KathleenOn Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 7:05 AM. I wrote:A very good article. I want to put it on my web site (with full credit to you of course).I work for US Airways in Philadelphia. I have to deal with the TSA on a daily basis. The combination of hypocrisy, stupidity, arrogance, and the feeling of authority these ideates at the checkpoint makes one understand why the TSA is more hated than the IRS! My main bugaboo is “ticketed passengers only”. As I said above, I have a web site dedicated to ending this draconian policy. The site is a work in progress, but I try to expand, and add to it, i.e. your editorial, as much as I can. Please take a look at it and feel free to write to me if I can be of help to you. The site is at changeairportsecurity.org Thank you for taking the time to read this, it is appreciated!!! Averill Hecht With a large/spacious checkpoint like this, why “ticketed passengers only” anyway? 12/01/06. While “ticketed passengers only” should be ended now, while it is in force, the least the TSA or CATSA, the airlines and/or airports could do is place signs like the one below to advise that “gate passes” are available to meet unaccompanied minors and other handicapped persons who must be met by family or friends at the gate! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PUBLIC ENEMIES #1 to anti-ticketed passengers only freedom-loving Americans and Canadians;
Kelly C. Hoggan
Assistant Administrator for Security Operations
This man has the power to end “ticketed passengers only” with a simple signature! We hear about government departments and agencies making rulings under the names, TSA, DHS, IRS regs., etc.. But in reality, people-individuals who are given “the power” are the ones who make rules like “ticketed passengers only”, and place civil and criminal penalties for not complying. No law passed by Congress and signed by the President. One man, or a group of men. Hoggan is now the man you want to write to in reference to ending TPO at airports. In his biography, prior to joining TSA, Hoggan worked in the private sector and brings 18 years of airline and aviation industry experience to this new position having served in multiple senior level positions within operations, planning, and process improvement in an airport operational environment. You would think that this man more than most should know the hardship that “ticketed passengers only” causes on a daily basis. Has he no compassion? does he not know that the US is not the rest of the world, that we have a right to enter any public place? Let him know. And send copies of your letters to everyone else!
John Pistole, TSA Administrator. (what a name for a security administrator). Basically, He is an FBI Special Agent, just like hundreds of others. He is supposed to be a terrorist and counter terrorist expert. This may or may not be true. All I know is when reading his biography, I saw nothing about airports, or airport/airline security. But he was given the big TSA job in 2008 in any event. He’s the big “pupa” of the agency. So any complaints about “ticketed passengers only”, or any other complaint about his silly agency, copies should go to him as well, I guess. And yes, Canada has their own John Pistole. And, here he is;
Why are airlines and airline employees’ so afraid to write gate passes? The TSA basically threatens the industry with civil fines if they see a pattern of too many gate passes being printed. Below is a warning that was issued by an airline, to its employee, on this TSA threat, and the ramifications of writing too many passes. Your government threatening employees of a private company if they choose to try to assist law abiding taxpayers to see friends and love ones to or from the gate. Welcome to a “post Constitutional America”. But there are ways even around this. Until this TSA nonsense of “ticketed passengers only” is ended, I give some solutions to get the non-flyer or “meeters/greaters past the checkpoint. PROCEDING PAST SECURITY AS A NON-PASSENGER: While we all want this policy of “ticketed passengers only” ended, until this happens there are several ways to go past security to pick up or see loved ones and friends off at the gate. There are basically 3 ways, a 3ed way is not really an option but is discussed here as a possibility. to go through security without violation of TSA Regs. I say this because Congress never passed a bill nor did any President ever sign any legislation specifying any law that would keep meeters and greeters from entering the “steril” areas of the “public portion” of any airport. It was all contrived by the FAA, and later, the TSA with no public hearings or a chance for citezen comments before this policy was put into place. The three methods of going past a security checkpoint in the United States are: 1. gate (escort) pass 2. a full fare/fully refudable plane ticket 3. being escorted by an employee with escort privileges while taking the passenger to the gate. Below is the general TSA policy which is forced on the airlines in dealing with gate passes; otherwise known as escort passes.
- Sterile area access must only be granted to:
- Federal government employees on official business who present their government-issued agency, service, or department ID.
- Authorized LEOs with a need to access the sterile area who possess proper credentials and a badge.
- Non-passenger escorts who have been issued aircraft operator authorization (for example: an escort pass) to accompany a minor, elderly, or disabled passenger.
- Aircraft operator club members and visitors sponsored by club members who have been issued aircraft operator authorization (for example: an escort pass).
- Individuals on official business who are authorized by the aircraft operator, airport operator, or TSA to enter the sterile area.
- Family members of arriving and departing members who have been deployed or are deploying and have been issued aircraft operator authorization (for example: an escort pass).
- Baggage services can use this as a means to allow customers that need to re-enter the concourse to retrieve gate special handle items, lost items or any other items left behind.
- (THIS POLICY HAS BEEN DISALOWED BY, WHO ELSE, THE TSA. GOD KNOWS WHY). The new policy is as follows: An escort pass can NOT be issued to passengers to retrieve lost items or items left behind. Should a passenger request to return to the gate or aircraft for an item, advise them you will contact the gate agent to search for them.
No more than 2 escort passes should be given out per situation. The only exception is military situations. Use reasonable judgment but the 2 max limit does not apply. This military exception is for service members who have been deployed or are deploying (Per AOSSP 4.3.1).
|Departures: Only one Escort Pass should be printed to accompany the child to the gate and release them to the gate agent or “A” flight attendant. Be sure to advise the guardian they are required to remain in at the gate until the flight departs. Arrivals: If the only available escort meeting an unaccompanied minor at an arrival city scores as a selectee the ticket counter personnel must coordinate with the gate agent so that the UM may be escorted from the gate by an airline representative to a non-sterile area. The child may be signed for in the non-sterile area and released to the guardian.NEW! Certain UM Situations – This would be applicable to an unusual UM situation such as a UM accompanied by an adult who has more than one additional minor child. Additional passes may be authorized by station management but more can be issued if a non flying minor would be left un-attended at the checkpoint. Generally two passes is the limit.|
Non-passenger escort passes should be limited to two passes. A skycap or airline personnel will need to assist elderly or disabled passengers through screening to the gate when non-passengers are not granted passes’.
|Elderly/Disabled Passenger Escorts||Prior to issuing a gate pass to a non-passenger escort that is accompanying an elderly or disabled passenger; the non-passenger escort must be scored and approved by Secure Flight. See above.If the person/s escorting the elderly/disabled passenger is cleared by Secure Flight:
If the person escorting the elderly/disabled passenger is NOT cleared by Secure Flight or the passenger has no escort:
NOW THAT WE GOT ALL THIS TSA NON-SENSE OUT OF THE WAY, LET’S GET TO IT. HERE IS THREE WAYS TO GET PAST SECURITY AS A NON-PASSENGER/VISITOR. ENTERING THE SECURE AREA VIA GATE/ESCORT PASS To obtain a gate pass you should consider the following, when seeing a person off at the airport, you should be with that person or persons. The passenger or passengers should tell the ticket agent they want the non-passengers to come with them. Give any reason you wish: physical or mental support for instance. you know that the TSA and FAA allows for a passenger to bring a “support animal” with them on a plane free of charge with a doctor’s note?” You should be able to see people off at the gate for the same reason. Speaking of doctors notes, a note from a doctor on his script or letter head is not a bad idea, and very strong support in obtaining gate passes’. If the agent refuses to give out the passes’ anyway out of fear or other reasons, ask to see a supervisor or manager. Also ask the agent to put a special assist code (SSI) (MAAS) in the passenger PNR (record) stating that the persons meeting the passengers at the destination city be issued gate passes’ as needed to meet the persons at the gate. The TSA is putting the airlines in a precarious position by opening them up to legal actions by not letting the airlines issue passes’ for medical, mental, or support reasons because of ADA violations. If you still are not issued gate passes’, write letters to this effect and your disgust with this policy to your airline. Make sure copies go to everyone-TSA, Congressional Reps. and Senators, local news sources, etc. And consider legal action against the airline and TSA. Also, as “ticketed passengers only” TPO is a TSA “reg”, it is in direct conflict with the “Americans With Disabilities Act”, ADA, which, unlike TPO IS A LAW! Passed by Congress and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. While the ADA is a Constitutional Act of law, TPO is an un-constitutional regulation passed by a few beuorocrats behind closed doors, but enforced as if it were a law. Nothing in the Constitution allows this action by an “executive” agency. TPO would only be legal if the Congress and President first gave them the authority to enact limiting access to an airport terminal, or any other public place. And then only after public hearings, and published in the Congressional Record. Another Suggestion is to call the airline reservation toll free phone number before heading out to the airport and ask them to put a note in the reservation to issue gate passes’. This way when you get to the ticket counter the request will already be in their record, and the agent might be less hesitant to issue the passes’ ENTERING THE SECURE AREA VIA BOARDING PASS Admittedly–While the initial cost is high, the final cost is nil. You buy a FULLY refundable coach fare ticket at the lowest price you can get. Use it to pass through security and then call the airline to cancel the ticket. Make sure the flight is leaving at the same time and location as the passengers you are seeing off or meeting. This is absolutely legal. You are allowed to buy anything you want and cancel or return the product, or as in this case a ticket, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise; regardless weather the Government or the airlines like it or not. Just make sure it is a “FULLY REFUNDABLE” ticket. If you forget this and buy a ticket with restrictions, you will have just spent a lot of money to see someone to or from the gate. I’m sure the airlines would not be too angry about this, however! ENTERING THE SECURE AREA VIA ESCORT (the “E” of the matter) A 3ed way to go to the gate is to accompany the passenger if they are with an employee who has the letter “E” on their airport ID (SIDA) badge. The E stands for escort. So if the passenger is in a wheel chair and the person pushing the chair has this E on their ID badge, they can take you and two other persons in “their” escort. The problem with this is the employee has to be willing to do this. Also, because you are being escorted by him, he can’t technically leave you at the gate alone. He is supposed to stay with you until you leave the “sterile” area. Probably no one would ever notice, but if they did they could technically get that employee in trouble. And seeing the TSA think they own all the airports and airlines, and venders in the faculties, not to mention every breathing soul in them, I would not put it past them. This should be your last option because most employees are not going to want to deal with the hassles and standing around the gate area. Jeffrey White Feb 12th 2009 @ 12:30PM Can any moron make a fake boarding pass? Some security analysts say so, and the Transportation Security Administration seems to be taking that threat seriously. The TSA has announced that beginning this year it will test encrypted boarding passes at most of the country’s airports, with an eye to eventually making the paper boarding pass obsolete. What exactly does this entail? The TSA says it is considering purchasing nearly 2,500 boarding pass scanners (they look like any bar code scanner), which breaks down to roughly one scanner for every airport security checkpoint in the country. At test airports, TSA workers will scan boarding passes with these scanners rather than simply comparing the name on the pass to an ID, reports USA Today. It is the bar codes on these boarding passes that will be encrypted, making it nearly impossible, in theory, for a terrorist to forge. This is good news for those travelers out there who rely on mobile devices. If airlines are forced to give up their paper passes for the new encrypted passes, it will usher in for good an era where boarding passes will be e-mailed to your PDA or other mobile device and all you’ll have to show at the airport is a bar code that will be scanned at security. SO WHAT! , What can I say, Who cares if you have a phony pass and ID to get through security. And now their going to put scanners to detect false boarding passes at the checkpoint? Your tax dollars at work! Who cares, Again, as long as they go through security. They spend more money keeping the kids from seeing Grandpa off at the gate then any real security! AverillJust end “ticketed passengers only” and you will not have this problem!!!Averill Tired of “ticketed passengers only” read this by Ryan Singel, Tired of not being able to greet your sweetheart the moment she steps off a plane? Feel like seeing your grandma to the gate before she flies home? Just like eating at airport restaurants even when you’ve got no red-eye to catch? Enjoy exposing the flaws in security programs? Like testing the nation’s legal system? Well, Christopher Soghoian has just the thing for you: an online service that will print out a customized Northwest Airlines boarding pass that can get you beyond the security gates at the airport (though it probably wouldn’t get you on a plane and trying that would surely get you arrested). The Northwest Airlines Boarding Pass Generator exploits a well-known flaw in airport security — the gap between when a boarding pass is issued or printed out and where individuals are screened to get on the plane. For instance, someone could book a ticket to fly under a fake name (one not on a government watch list), print out a boarding pass with the fake name and then PhotoShop another one with their real name. When they get to airline security, they can show their real I.D. “Osama Bin Laden” and the PhotoShopped boarding pass and get through airport screening without getting extra screening. Then at the gate where you don’t have to show I.D., you use the real boarding pass. Soghoian, a Ph.D. student in the Security Informatics program at Indianal University who has been researching airline security, said he whipped up the boarding pass generator in a day. Despite all the talk of consolidated government watch lists and the continual promise by the Transportation Security Administration that it will improve its matching of passenger names against watch lists, this hole will continual to exist until check-in and security are integrated. That however would likely to cost billions and billions of dollars in retro-fit work at the nation’s airports. Draw what lesson you like from the experiment — that the use of watch lists at airports are a waste of time, that airline safety needs to focus on detecting objects not people, or that the government really needs to reconfigure every airport in the country so that watch lists have a chance at being useful. As for actually using this service, I’ve got no legal advice for you. It’s not clear if using a fake boarding pass to get through security constitutes fraud. Since the people checking I.D. at the front of the security line are usually contractors whose legal status is unclear even to the TSA’s own top privacy official (A MUST READ STORY!!), it’s also not clear whether presenting a fake document to theminvolves lying to a government official. So if you do want to pull this off,you best check with a lawyer ahead of time. Posted by Ryan Singel 10:01 AM Wired.com © 2006 CondéNet Inc. All rights reserved. “The website in question has the potential to promote illegal activity,” said TSA spokesman Christopher White. “Submitting fraudulent documents to airline security is illegal. But the site will not aid anyone in circumventing security, since a boarding pass offers entry into a TSA security checkpoint and TSA ensures that every person and their property is fully screened.” (My point exactly. So why “ticketed passengers only” at all?) Maybe the TSA is not taking “ticketed passengers only” seriously anymore, either.And finally seeing this policy for the crank that it is. I think I see the first cracks in the wall to end this joke of a Federal Regulation. Let’s hope! **P.S. MAY WE ADD THAT WE DO NOT PERSONALLY- CONDONE THE “FAKING” or OTHERWISE MAKING of FALSE BOARDING or GATE PASSES; ADMITTEDLY as CUNNING, RESOURCEFUL, & CONVENIENT AS IT MIGHT BE. The legitimate means to obtaining “real” gate passes is there, but very hard to get. The airlines really do not want to deal with this “minor” annoyance & and the possible TSA retributions.This site is dedicated to ENDING “ticketed passengers only” by legal means and public outcry. Not by simply trying to circumvent the current policy forever using possibly questionable means. For what it’s worth, go to the ticket counter and DEMAND the “real deal”. But you, of course, the individual, will have to decide this for yourself in your own hearts and minds. In the end you must decide what is bestfor you and yours**! Here’s an idea, why not sell gate passes? The Federal Government tack’s on five bucks every time you buy a plane ticket as a “security fee”. The TSA could sell gate passes for the same amount of money and make a killing. Maybe balance the federal budget! People pay $5.00 per pass for all persons over 18; kids get them for free. This way the TSA can say that meeters and greeters paid the same fee as travelers, the TSA gets to know who is coming in and some people will simply not want to pay so they will wait along with the other nobodies where they wait right now. This would still keep traffic down some in the gate areas, but allow anyone who really wants to go past security to do it without resorting to one of the suggestions I gave above. Of course the ending of TPO is still the ultimate goal, but for the time being, at least visitors would be allowed to go past security for a price. I’m not joking here! Here is a story out of India. Seems at their airports they DO sell and give out “gate passes” to meters and greeters. They only stopped this procedure for a very short time for some local security concern, but went back soon after. TSA, ATTSA, are you listening!!?? Please read story below.
Walk Your Family To The Airplane With A Gate Pass By Ben PopkenJune 8, 2011 (hoyasmeg) A lot of big dramatic scenes in movies where there’s a last ditch effort by one lover to make it right with another lover by grabbing them just before they get on the plane don’t seem like they could happen these days with new restrictions that make it so you have to buy a ticket in order to go past security. But it turns out they could still happen, we would just have to have an explanatory side-scene where they ask the ticket counter for what’s called a “gate pass.” Lifehacker explains how these gate passes work. Basically they allow you to go through security and go all the way to the gate, just not get on the plane. They’re free and all you have to do is ask for one. It will help if you have the ticketholder standing next to you at the counter at the time – sorry, Hollywood – and securing yours at least an hour in advance of the flight is a wise move too. 6/08/11 6:30am 6/08/11 6:30am g 36,719Edit Family Going on a Trip? You Can Walk them All the Way to the Boarding Gate if You Ask Matthew Rogers Follow Unfollow 6/08/11 6:30am 6/08/11 6:30am g 36,719Edit We all like walking our loved ones or family members through the airport terminal when they’re leaving on a trip, but there are times when it’d be nice to accompany them past the ominous security checkpoint on the way to the boarding gates. Here’s the good news: You can accompany them if you ask nicely and have a good reason to be there. The downside is that you’ll have to go through security just like they will. Airlines allow for “companions” to acquire what’s called a “gate pass,” which allows you to walk your traveling loved ones all the way to the final gate. To get one, just speak with the airline rep at the ticket desk, and try to have the actual ticket-holders with you at the time. The catch is that you’ll need to present a valid reason for wanting to be there, since those gates are crowded enough as it is. Valid reasons aren’t hard to come by, though. If a wife or husband is flying, there’s really no reason the other wouldn’t be allowed to accompany them—you can always say it’s an anxiety problem. Gate passes are given more or less automatically to the parent of a child that’s traveling as an unaccompanied minor, and the same goes for people seeing off their elderly parents, since it’s reasonable to see that they’d need help. It’s also a good idea to speak to the airline’s ticket desk earlier than just an hour before the flight, just in case a manager has to handle the request, and you’ll definitely want to have proper identification with you. Photo by Martin Abegglen.
Platypus ManUMatthew Rogers
I didn’t know they did this, but it makes sense. Having only flown in a post-9/11 world, I thought the days I saw on TV were long gone. Of course, that was mostly meeting them at the gate upon arrival, but whatever. 6/08/11 6:42 am Tim Raines UPlatypus Man
The truth is, the reason for preventing people from accompanying the actual traveler is spelled out above: “…since those gates are crowded enough as it is.” The beginning of this “ticketed passengers only” (and a whole bunch of other seemingly-related-to-security-policies) nonsense was LONG before 9/11. 6/08/11 6:46 am ast32 UMatthew Rogers
No, it didn’t. When my wife & I were dating in college (’95-’96) in two different cities, we’d always go through security to either meet or say goodbye at the gate, and as late as summer of 2001 when she was working a job with a lot of travel, I’d often meet her at the gate when picking her up from the airport. This was through at least four different airports. 6/09/11 1:18pm gmarie UMatthew Rogers
I really don’t think posting this sort of information is helpful. Ticketed passengers just have to wait that much longer when non-fliers are added to the security line, and I really can’t imagine a good reason why someone just absolutely HAS to make kissy faces at their snoogum-woogums for that extra 30 minutes. 6/08/11 9:14 am Midget Man Ugmarie
Actually there are many good reasons; especially if you know you might not be able to come home. Friend deployed for 6 months saying goodbye to his preagnent wife leaving on Public Plane. Or what about my 7 year old brother that’s going to visit me in a 2 months, would you want your child going through security and such by himself? I know I want to be there as soon as he lands on the ground. Just a few examples >.> 6/08/11 9:37 am Captain21UMatthew Rogers
Been doing this for years, my Father lives in Miami and we are in London – until last year my brother was deemed a minor so we always got the passes. Hence, on our annual trip, he would be given a pass to accompany us until the aircraft was boarded – at least this way we got to spend a few more hours with our dad a get decent dinner before the flight! 6/09/11 10:18 am qpease UMatthew Rogers
Last time I flew I had to say goodbye to my family at the security check point then spend hours in near the boarding gate with no one to talk to. I had no problem with the pre 9/11 era since now I get treated like a terrorist. 6/08/11 7:44 am thaJack UMatthew Rogers
Much like photographing the checkpoints, or flying without ID.. it really (in reality) will be up to the agent and whatever mood he is in and what laws he decides to create right there on the spot. 6/08/11 8:46am sqlbaitUMatthew Rogers
I have never been granted a gate pass to accompany my underaged daughter to the gate. The airline would have someone escort her, but they never permitted me to do it. 6/09/11 1:01pm gullymprictrUMatthew Rogers
Not always. When my brother was 12, he was flying to Washington D.C. on his own (some young-whatever conference). My father asked at the ticket counter if he could accompany my brother to the gate and was told to ask security. Security literally laughed at my father, and told him he’d have to buy a ticket to get past them. My father went back to the ticket agent, told her what happened, and she (bless her soul) found another airline employee to escort my brother to the gate and on the plane. This worked out well, but YMMV. 6/08/11 7:01am demarcmjUtidymaze
“Go ask security” was the wrong answer from the ticket agent. Security gave more or less the right answer from their standpoint: you can’t get by them without a pass (not a ticket). Sounds like an ignorant ticket agent that didn’t know about gate passes. I would’ve asked to talk to his or her manager. 6/08/11 9:09am Alexander Paul LandryUMatthew Rogers
I really hope you don’t claim that as the excuse each time.. It’s one thing to tell a white lie to get what you’re after but I’d chose another excuse before claiming my Dad is shipping out to Iraq. 6/10/11 6:26am Alexander Paul LandryUslyphox
I actually just found this out yesterday. I accompanied my grandfather (who is extremely hard of hearing) to the airport. I was going to see if they had anyone who could walk him to the gate. But, they let me go with him—they gave me an “Assisting the Disabled Pass.” BTW: TSA made him go through the x-ray machine and gave him a thorough pat down afterwards. I was like—you do know he is 88 right?? 6/08/11 1:28pm AlphaGeekUUisteanBabanacka
Another trick: buy a fully refundable ticket, go through security, then call and cancel it. 6/08/11 8:05am The author with Marie Scholz, a close personal friend, while waiting to board her flight back home in Frankford, Germany. How nice I can see her off at the gate. Don’t you wish you could see your friends and loved ones off like this once again? It’s in your hands! Write letters, ask for those gate passes, stop the TSA from taking away your rights. And here’s one of my brother, this site’s web master, seeing me off at the gate at SFO. Got him through with a gate pass. Are any of you jealous that I can do this because I work for an airline and you don’t? Well you should be. This is why “ticketed passengers only” must be ended. So everyone has the same right to see off or meet friends and loved ones at the gate. Why should only a select few, like me, have this right!? PROBLEMS? Contact our Webmaster, Harvey (above) at alhecht@Comcast.net mcast.net Oh, please (gag me with a spoon, for sure for sure). Yes, I remember when I felt safe and free, and it was before 9-11 and the creation of the TSA. If this flag was past security she would need a ticket to salute and pledge allegiance to it. Do I feel safer; no, not when my rights are taken away to make me safer. The poster above makes me sick. It should make you sick too. This is the kind of propaganda reminiscent of Stalinist Russia. Don’t let them get away with it! Ann, Harvey, Sam, Phillip, and I would like to thank you for visiting our sit, and hope you will get involved in ending the stupid security policy which is “ticketed passengers only”. Write your Congressman, Senator, M.P., the TSA, CATSA, and your local airport authority, and the press of course. Ask for “gate passes” at the ticket counter. Say the person you are picking up is 80 years old and wants you to meet them at the gate. Military personnel are aloud to have unlimited gate passes issued to friends and family when they are seeing off or meeting a person in uniform. Why can’t you?! Are you more of a security risk than them? Come back and visit us again. We are always updating the site. Thank’s for your support, and have a great day! Averill Copyright 2006/ 2014. http://CHANGEAIRPORTSECURITY.ORG. All rights reserved