Seattle airport hopes to let friends and family meet passengers at gate — among the first of a new post-9/11 trend?

Pre-approval shortcuts increasingly help select passengers skip the long airport security lines that define today’s travel. And now, a second U.S. airport is hoping to loosen the gate pickup and drop-off prohibitions that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, known as Sea-Tac, has proposed just such a measure, believed to be only the second airport to request this change since the attacks greatly tightened airport security and limited non-ticketed visitors from freely moving about the nation’s airports.

The proposed “Visitor Pass Program” will allow people without tickets to access domestic travel gates only after a TSA screening, the Seattle Times reported.

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