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DTW, PIT, MSY, TPA, and SEA have airport-specific gate pass program.

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Old May 24, 22, 5:46 pm
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Originally Posted by LarryJ View Post
The standard practice is for them to hand off the passenger to the gate agent. They have to go take care of other passengers. If the gate changes, the gate agent calls for another attendant to transport the passenger to the new gate.

Since you were there, there was no reason for the attendant to wait for the agent.
Understood, never expected the attendants to hang around for 3 hours, but I did not tell them I was with my elderly parents. I could easily have been on another flight and left, the point being no one even asked. If it was my responsibility to tell them, no one mentioned that either. Perhaps a kindly GA would take pity on my parents and escort them or maybe my parents would have the foresight to ask the GA about any changes.

I think unaccompanied disabled adults should be treated the same as unaccompanied minors. If they were unaccompanied minors I would get a gate pass and be able to go in with them.

I think the most surprising thing for me how this is not more in the news, with the elderly and unattended just being left at the gate to fend for themselves.

Originally Posted by lincolnjkc View Post
This does kind of fall apart for early arrivals (before there's an agent at the gate) -- I've seen a couple elderly/mobility channelged pax show up hours before flight and just kind of abandoned in the gate area with the attendant promising that someone will be back prior to boarding. On the flip side, agents know (or can easily determine) who has a WCHR SSR in their record. One would hope that if a gate change had occurred and at boarding a WCHR passenger was checked in but not boarded that might prompt an inquiry. But some agents will go all out and some agents will just kind of shrug while making 10 "Passenger Jones, this is your final and immediate boarding call for flight XXX to destinations. Doors will be closing in 5 minutes" [If a disabled passenger was actually "abandoned" and missed a flight, that's a good time to demand to speak with the Complaint Resolution Official (CRO) which airlines are required to have on site at the airport or available by phone to resolve disability-related issues [see 14 CFR 382 -- [url]https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-14/chapter-II/subchapter-D/part-382?toc=1]

Particularly worth noting 14 CFR 382.91(a):


and 14 CFR 382.103


And as someone who tried get a gate pass, at a station where agents are usually willing to take the passenger-friendly view to rules, to meet and assist my "cannot walk distances" mother in law... Yeah, UA doesn't do that anymore. The official answer is it's unnecessary because that's what the attendants are there for.
Had no idea about these regs, this was super helpful!
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Old May 24, 22, 6:01 pm
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Originally Posted by azfanboy View Post
,,, I think the most surprising thing for me how this is not more in the news, with the elderly and unattended just being left at the gate to fend for themselves. ...
Possibly because it never / rarely happens ?

I think in all my years on FT, >15, I think there was only 1 such report and it was not UA.

Could it happen, perhaps. Does it happen often enough for it to be a major concern, not that I am aware

I appreciate the concerns one has for those unable to deal with travel, but as mentioned, there are services similar in nature to UCM with fees like UCM
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Old Jun 1, 22, 12:37 am
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Meeting Up With Friends Not Flying

Iím not even sure this is possible, but I figured this would be the place to ask. Iíll be flying through SFO in August and will have a 4 hour layover. Some good friends I havenít seen for years wanted to come out to the airport and have a little reunion. My plan was to by UC passes for them so we could have a little get-together. BUT - is it possible to get through security to get into the UC? I Ďvaguelyí remember at one point that UA could issue you a non-flying boarding card to get you through TSA, but idk if it was UA or a different airline, or if Iím dreaming this up all together. So - thats my questions. Can my friends get through security somehow to meet me for a few hours in the UC - or do I have to leave the secure area to meet with them, and then go back through security? TIA everyone -
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Old Jun 1, 22, 12:54 am
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Iím not even sure this is possible, but I figured this would be the place to ask. Iíll be flying through SFO in August and will have a 4 hour layover. Some good friends I havenít seen for years wanted to come out to the airport and have a little reunion. My plan was to by UC passes for them so we could have a little get-together. BUT - is it possible to get through security to get into the UC? I Ďvaguelyí remember at one point that UA could issue you a non-flying boarding card to get you through TSA, but idk if it was UA or a different airline, or if Iím dreaming this up all together. So - thats my questions. Can my friends get through security somehow to meet me for a few hours in the UC - or do I have to leave the secure area to meet with them, and then go back through security? TIA everyone -
Without a ticket, your friends will not get airside. UA will not provide "gate passes" except for parents to escort UCM
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Old Jun 1, 22, 7:47 am
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How many times though?

Booking a flight that you have no intention of flying is against pretty much every airline's T&C but it seems like they would need to see a pattern in order to determine intent. It seems similar to hidden city ticketing.
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One poster claimed UA burned them for doing this (in 2019?), seemed odd at the time and no other reports but it does have some potential issues.
If you want to avoid UA taking your miles and canceling your account buy the refundable ticket on another airline that departs from the same terminal and don't attach any FF#. There are only a few UA stations where this wouldn't work as UA is the sole occupant and no airside connection to other terminals (EWR), although there are reports of getting through TSA in this event, it just depends on the agent

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Iím not even sure this is possible, but I figured this would be the place to ask. Iíll be flying through SFO in August and will have a 4 hour layover. Some good friends I havenít seen for years wanted to come out to the airport and have a little reunion. My plan was to by UC passes for them so we could have a little get-together. BUT - is it possible to get through security to get into the UC? I Ďvaguelyí remember at one point that UA could issue you a non-flying boarding card to get you through TSA, but idk if it was UA or a different airline, or if Iím dreaming this up all together. So - thats my questions. Can my friends get through security somehow to meet me for a few hours in the UC - or do I have to leave the secure area to meet with them, and then go back through security? TIA everyone -
Pre-COVID (not sure when it ended) you used to be able to reserve a conference room at the United Club and you could make arrangements for your local team members to get a gate pass to come to the meeting, but unfortunately that has gone by the wayside.

My suggestion would be for your friends to pick you up and go to Millbrae for lunch. If you don't want to leave the airport, I recommend they come meet you at the International Terminal (you can walk between T3 and International G airside) as there are a few landside restaurants in the International Terminal.

Thread about conference room rentals here United Club Conference Rooms - fee?
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Old Jun 1, 22, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by n198ua View Post
Iím not even sure this is possible, but I figured this would be the place to ask. Iíll be flying through SFO in August and will have a 4 hour layover. Some good friends I havenít seen for years wanted to come out to the airport and have a little reunion. My plan was to by UC passes for them so we could have a little get-together. BUT - is it possible to get through security to get into the UC?
Forget security; it's not possible to get them into the UC.

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If you want to avoid UA taking your miles and canceling your account buy the refundable ticket on another airline that departs from the same terminal and don't attach any FF#.
UCs are requiring a UA or partner boarding pass in order to allow access, even when using a pass.

I agree, though; four hours is plenty of time to get out of the airport and do something more entertaining.
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Old Jun 1, 22, 9:27 am
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I ... Thread about conference room rentals here United Club Conference Rooms - fee?
UA removed / closed those conference rooms many years ago and this is not a present option.

Have closed that ancient thread

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Old Jun 1, 22, 10:56 am
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UA removed / closed those conference rooms many years ago and this is not a present option.

Have closed that ancient thread
Thanks, I was more of saying it was something you used to be able to do and get locals a gate pass.
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Old Jun 1, 22, 2:17 pm
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Originally Posted by N104UA View Post
If you want to avoid UA taking your miles and canceling your account buy the refundable ticket on another airline that departs from the same terminal and don't attach any FF#. There are only a few UA stations where this wouldn't work as UA is the sole occupant and no airside connection to other terminals (EWR), although there are reports of getting through TSA in this event, it just depends on the agent.
I know of people who have bought the cheapest one way ticket they could find (even from different carrier as you note) leaving within the same'ish time period to get airside with an elderly parent. If they couldn't return it they simply ate it. But this would get them through TSA to the gate area. As you note some airports there are limited or no airside connections to other terminals so you have to take this into consideration but it is done.
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Old Jul 10, 22, 2:47 pm
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How to get a gate pass w/out a flight?

What is the process for getting a gate pass to meet a family member at their arriving gate at SFO? Domestic flight, AUS-SFO, FWIW.
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Old Jul 10, 22, 3:17 pm
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Unless a compelling reason, such as UCM, there are no gate passes anymore.
Special Services counter is where you go
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