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No boarding pass, no problem! TPA launches airside access program for non-flying guests

TPA's new All Access program will allow up to 100 people every Saturday to visit an airside terminal of their choice so they can shop, dine and relax without a plane ticket.

Tampa International Airport recently unveiled 70 exciting new shops, restaurants, bars and spas, many which can only be enjoyed by ticketed passengers traveling through TPA’s post-security airsides.

Now non-traveling guests can experience them too.

This week, TPA introduced a new airside pass program called All Access which will allow up to 100 people every Saturday to visit an airside terminal of their choice, giving them the opportunity to shop, dine and relax at one of America’s favorite airports without having to fly anywhere.

“To those feeling left out because you can’t get to all these great restaurants and shops we’ve been touting: We heard you,” TPA CEO Joe Lopano said. “Now families, foodies or even couples looking for a unique date experience can come try our chargrilled oysters at Ulele, sample locally brewed beer at Cigar City and shop for unique gifts and items at our duty-free and fine retail stores without having to buy a ticket.”

Signing up for All Access is an easy online process at www.TPAallaccess.com and participating guests are subject to the same security screening regulations as passengers boarding a plane. Participants choose a date and an airside at least 24 hours prior to the Saturday they plan to visit, with a limit of 25 guests per airside, and then collect gate passes when they arrive at TPA any time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the selected date. They then board their airside shuttle go through TSA screening to have access to all of the shops, restaurants, spa services and plane- and people-watching at the airside terminal.

The first day of All Access is Saturday, May 4, which coincides with the launch of several Mother’s Day specials and discounts at participating shops and restaurants. Guests can plan their stops by checking out the TPA shopping and dining guide.

For more information about TPA All-Access, visit www.TPAallacess.com.