A Day at the Airport
Spending a day at the airport is no longer an unfortunate side effect of a delayed flight or long layover. Today, it may be a privilege you pay for.
A few airports, including Seattle, Pittsburgh and Orlando, offer daily visitor pass programs, allowing customers to enjoy the terminal for a few hours even if they don’t have a plane ticket.
How Does It Work?
These day passes allow people to travel through security and visit different terminals for a set period of time.
The airport will set limits on how many day passes get released, as well as the hours during which people can visit. These restrictions help prevent the security line from getting overwhelmed during peak hours.
Once through security, visitors are free to shop, eat, hang out in lounges, or simply relax and watch the planes take off.
The passes aren’t just aimed toward people who want to spend a little more time with traveling family or friends. Rather, the airport is a destination in its own right.
Modern airports are practically miniature malls, with dozens of ways to spend time. In fact, popular local restaurants sometimes have storefronts in airports, which are often less crowded than other locations. Orlando International also has draws like its Disney World (DIS) themed shops.
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