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Clearing ATL TSA the day/night prior to flight?

Clearing ATL TSA the day/night prior to flight?

Old May 11, 22, 7:03 pm
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Clearing ATL TSA the day/night prior to flight?

I was wondering, if I fly into ATL and then go landside, but wish to return airside later in the day (I have a flight the next morning ~7am, but not an onwards ticket for that day) and plane spot would TSA let me through on the next day's boarding pass?
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Old May 11, 22, 7:22 pm
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Old May 11, 22, 7:30 pm
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I believe you can. If I understand what you're saying, you have a flight the next morning.
As long as you have a boarding pass for the next flight, TSA should let you through and it won't invalidate the boarding pass.
I was staying at a hotel adjacent the Cincinnati airport last year and their restaurant was serving limited cold-only choices.
I walked over to the airport for dinner, knowing there would be several places open. I asked the TSA agent if I could enter on my boarding pass then for the following morning flight and not invalidate it. He had to check with a supervisor who confirmed that I could indeed use it to come through. And I did, and it worked fine again the following morning.
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Old May 11, 22, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by SUPERTRAVEL View Post
I believe you can. If I understand what you're saying, you have a flight the next morning.
As long as you have a boarding pass for the next flight, TSA should let you through and it won't invalidate the boarding pass.
I was staying at a hotel adjacent the Cincinnati airport last year and their restaurant was serving limited cold-only choices.
I walked over to the airport for dinner, knowing there would be several places open. I asked the TSA agent if I could enter on my boarding pass then for the following morning flight and not invalidate it. He had to check with a supervisor who confirmed that I could indeed use it to come through. And I did, and it worked fine again the following morning.
Yes, I have a flight the next morning. I'm in a similar situation to you and am staying at the airport Hilton. Hopefully they are okay with it! Thanks!
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My data point: Once at MSP, my luggage was on the next flight. The luggage service person wanted to encourage me to stay at the airport and wait for it. I said I'd do that only if I could wait at the SkyClub for an hour or so (as an arriving passenger, the horror!), but I didn't think TSA would let me re-enter airside. The agent insisted that there was a rule that if you had a boarding pass for arrival into the airport that day, yo could re-enter airside but you wouldn't be able to do PreCheck. Sure enough, TSA didn't blink and I was able to go airside without any issue.
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Originally Posted by doc4science View Post
I was wondering, if I fly into ATL and then go landside, but wish to return airside later in the day (I have a flight the next morning ~7am, but not an onwards ticket for that day) and plane spot would TSA let me through on the next day's boarding pass?
yes. Think about it, there's redeyes that depart shortlyafter midnight. Otherwise they couldn't get through till midnight. Same day really refers to fact you can't get BP till T-24 of 1st flight.


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My data point: Once at MSP, my luggage was on the next flight. The luggage service person wanted to encourage me to stay at the airport and wait for it. I said I'd do that only if I could wait at the SkyClub for an hour or so (as an arriving passenger, the horror!), but I didn't think TSA would let me re-enter airside. The agent insisted that there was a rule that if you had a boarding pass for arrival into the airport that day, yo could re-enter airside but you wouldn't be able to do PreCheck. Sure enough, TSA didn't blink and I was able to go airside without any issue.
I've been told this also. Did it @ SAT to wait for pickup at UA CLUB. (Back when didn't need to fly UA to access)

Just FWIW. you can access any terminal at an airport even if airline flying doesn't operate there. This was done to try and help shops @ airports.
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Just FWIW. you can access any terminal at an airport even if airline flying doesn't operate there. This was done to try and help shops @ airports.
Aka the TSA reader doesnt validate the terminal when it scans, just the airport (or the terminal isn't included in the barcode data more likely). Also makes me wonder if it specifically looks for the departing airport, or just that the airport exists on the boarding pass when it is scanned.
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Originally Posted by SUPERTRAVEL View Post
I believe you can. If I understand what you're saying, you have a flight the next morning.
As long as you have a boarding pass for the next flight, TSA should let you through and it won't invalidate the boarding pass.
I was staying at a hotel adjacent the Cincinnati airport last year and their restaurant was serving limited cold-only choices.
I walked over to the airport for dinner, knowing there would be several places open. I asked the TSA agent if I could enter on my boarding pass then for the following morning flight and not invalidate it. He had to check with a supervisor who confirmed that I could indeed use it to come through. And I did, and it worked fine again the following morning.
Boarding passes aren't "one-time-use", passing through security doesn't "invalidate" them, you can go back and forth airside/landside repeatedly with the same BP.
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Old May 13, 22, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by Maxwell Smart View Post
Boarding passes aren't "one-time-use", passing through security doesn't "invalidate" them, you can go back and forth airside/landside repeatedly with the same BP.
And that's what I learned at CVG that evening. But I asked to make sure.
Also, I believe TSA told me that the flight departure had to be 12 hours or less (or did he say 24 hours, not sure?) for them to accept the boarding pass.
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