This airport is letting you pick up people at the gate for the first time since 9/11

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Remember the days when you used to greet your loved ones with open arms right at the gate as soon as they touched down at the airport? 

A new measure at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is taking you way back to those days, according to the Seattle Times.

The new measure reportedly makes Sea-Tac the first airport in the United States to allow visitors beyond security since 9/11. 

It’s called the “Visitor Pass Program,” and it allows people without tickets to access domestic travel gates only after a TSA screening. 

The program will allow 50 visitors a day. 

Here’s how it works. 

Sign up starts online before 1:30 p.m. on the day before you visit. 

If TSA sends you an approval email, you’d pick up a pass when you arrive at the airport the next day. 

Visitors with the special passes must also have a photo ID and go through the same TSA checkpoint as those with tickets.

The trial program is only available Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for now. 

The trial ends Friday, Dec. 14. 

The airport will then evaluate the response to the program at the end of the trial run and will make a final decision on whether or not the program will continue going forward. 

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