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Gate pass

NancyK
New Arrival

Can my 17 year old get a gate pass to walk my 14 year old through security?

Thanks. 

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Re: Gate pass

TheMiddleSeat
Top Contributor

In theory, yes. Just stop by the check-in counter and request one. My only hesitation is that the accompanying person is also a young traveler, as Southwest defines youth in the 12-17 year old bracket, but I suspect Southwest agents would understand and give out the pass without any problems or questions.

 

--TheMiddleSeat

Re: Gate pass

SWFlyer007
Rising Star

I had no idea that this was even possible?  So are you stating that someone could request a gate pass, which gets them through security (TSA) and are able to accompany them to the gate?

Re: Gate pass

TheMiddleSeat
Top Contributor

@SWFlyer007

Yes, travelers that need assistance getting to the gate can request an escort pass for someone to accompany them to the gate.

 

--TheMiddleSeat

Re: Gate pass

SWFlyer007
Rising Star

@TheMiddleSeat Good to know, thanks.  

Re: Gate pass

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@SWFlyer007 wrote:

I had no idea that this was even possible?  So are you stating that someone could request a gate pass, which gets them through security (TSA) and are able to accompany them to the gate?


Well, it would be rare for me not to eat at one of the restaurants as well while I'm in there. 😂

 

I've done this several times. The intention is if someone needs help getting to or from the gate you can go through security to help them, elderly parents for example, or young travelers, assist with kiddos while my wife was flying with them separately from me. That last one was probably more of a judgement call and being a regular at ORD might have helped.

 

 

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: Gate pass

NancyK
New Arrival

Yes, I get a gate pass all the time when my children are traveling alone.  I was just unsure if the person accompanying the traveler has to be 18.

Re: Gate pass

CupCrusher40
Active Member

when will TSA let us for shopping

Re: Gate pass

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@CupCrusher40 wrote:

when will TSA let us for shopping


Apparently they do this now at PIT and a few other airports. I forget the other one that I saw taking the more liberal stance on passes.

 

 

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: Gate pass

shalatee
New Arrival

Will Southwest issue a Gate Pass to the parent looking to go through security and pick up their 4 y.o. child at the gate through which the other parent just flew in from?