December 8, 2006

RETURN TO NORMALCY:

TSA may let non-fliers go to gates (Thomas Frank, 12/08/06, USA TODAY)

The Transportation Security Administration is testing whether it can ease a post-9/11 policy that bars people from meeting relatives and friends at airports as they come off flights.

A test program at Dallas/Fort Worth and Detroit airports could pave the way for other airports to allow non-travelers through checkpoints to meet passengers or shop at stores and restaurants.

"There are a lot of airports that would like people without boarding passes to have access to concessions," said Michael Conway, a spokesman for Detroit Metro Airport, which starts its test next week. Dallas' test started last week.


Just in case you didn't realize the WoT was over.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2006 7:29 AM
Comments

This is a good thing and not only for vendors.

I've had to order a wheelchair for my mother coming and going at the Orlando airport because she became confused and fearful trying to negotiate the long line at the check-in, then the tram ride and then trying to find the right gate alone. She mightily objected to the wheelchair because walking wasn't a problem, and she couldn't understand why I didn't go with her.

Posted by: erp at December 8, 2006 8:32 AM

erp,

It's a good thing your mother does not fly out of Denver Intl. Due to the massive distances between concourses that are only accessible via underground tram, people can only meet by the baggage claim.

Posted by: Brad S at December 8, 2006 8:51 AM

The WOT is over until sometime in the summer or fall of 2009 when Islamic jihadists strike at the heart of the "Great Satan" which will then be under the under the crusader banner of President Rodham. Of course the attack will be Bush's fault.

Posted by: Dave W at December 8, 2006 10:12 AM

Except that by '09 there'll be independent states in Palestine, S. Lebanon, Kashmir, etc. and jihadists will basically only be operating from Western Pakistan, where no one is going to send troops.

Posted by: oj at December 8, 2006 10:21 AM

Another one of your predictions OJ? Wanna bet ANY of that stuff happens? I have some books I can send you.

Posted by: BJW at December 8, 2006 11:42 AM

Another one of your predictions OJ? Wanna bet ANY of that stuff happens? I have some books I can send you.

Posted by: BJW at December 8, 2006 11:42 AM
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