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It's been used at my local airport (GSP, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC) for at least a few months. I like it!

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@ Ufkak and Dave et al.

I have read with interest your posts and the attached link.

In relation to access to domestic terminals in USA I wish to ask the following.

Is one able to accompany a relative/friend to a domestic departure gate, or conversely to greet on disembarkation such a person at the gate? Does the non-traveller need to provide identification to pass through the security cordon? If so, could you please tell me what is required?

Regards Ron

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Generally no this is not allowed. There are exceptions for people accompanying minors and the elderly etc. to the gate. I've also heard there are some places that are starting to allow people to shop "airside" but these are specific programs in just a few places and you still need to go through security.

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Does it actually check for cats hidden in clothing or luggage? I know people steal small animals and sell them at a profit, but sneaking one on a plane seems risky. I'm sure they would have to be sedated so as to not make noise.

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I agree with Ufkak's response to Tassie Devil's question.

Posted by
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Tassie Devil: to accompany someone to the gate or meet someone at the gate you simply go to the ticket counter, explain who and why and present your identification. You then receive a “boarding pass” that allows you through security. Obvious physical impairment, youth or age makes it straightforward. But if not obvious additional questions might be asked. Generally speaking the airlines like someone to accompany or greet those needing assistance. It takes the pressure off the airline.

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Does it actually check for cats hidden in clothing or luggage? I know people steal small animals and sell them at a profit, but sneaking one on a plane seems risky. I'm sure they would have to be sedated so as to not make noise.

No BigMike, it just lets your cat pass security faster and easier.

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@Ufkak, Dave and others. Mon 9.10 am

Thank you for the replies. I had not paid much attention to the earlier keyboard chatter on the introduction of this system, presuming it was about international travel. The domestic application is clear to me now.

For domestic travel here, one, whether travelling or not is able to access airside after the usual security check. Keys, watch, mobile and other metallic objects in the rectangular plastic boxes, then through the upright metal detectors, and if suspicious or nervous looking, a swab for explosives residue. I get swabbed a lot. No ID check.

@BMW and tdw. You brought to mind the famous repartee in Goldfinger between Sir Sean and Honor Blackman’s characters on the Tristar jet. My Wife has not stopped laughing.

Regards Ron