For the first time since 9/11, non-ticketed people will be able to eat at the restaurants and peruse the aisles of stores on the gate side of security checkpoints at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis made the announcement Monday. Pittsburgh is the first city in the country to lift the post 9/11 restriction, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
When Pittsburgh International Airport first opened in 1992, customers were allowed to enter the now-restricted areas of the terminal. Shops inside the terminal were known to be competitive, price-wise, with other stores in Allegheny County, according to KDKA-TV.
After the Sept. 11 terror attacks, however, the Transportation Security Administration formulated new restrictions on who exactly was allowed into certain parts of airports. Nevertheless, the Pittsburgh airport pleaded with the federal government for years to allow more than just airline passengers through security checkpoints, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune.
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