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Sea-Tac Airport allows visitors to pass security checkpoints

SEATTLE (AP) – Sea-Tac Airport is allowing visitors who are not booked on flights for security and into passenger-only areas…

SEATTLE (AP) – Sea-Tac Airport is allowing visitors who are not booked on flights for security and into passenger-only areas for the first time in nearly two decades.

The Port of Seattle on Friday launched the program that allows up to 50 visitors a day to pass security to greet their loved ones at their gate or see them off.

Officials say the “SEA Visitor Pass” allows visitors who meet Transportation Security Administration requirements to reach the domestic- travel gates.

The Seattle Times reports that the airport is one of the first in the nation to visit visitors in such areas since the practice was suspended following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 1

1, 2001.

Port of Seattle officials say wait times for travelers trying to get through security are not expected to increase.

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