SEATTLE (AP) – Sea-Tac Airport allows visitors who have not been booked on security flights and passenger zones for the first time in nearly two decades.

The Port of Seattle on Friday launched the program, which allows up to 50 visitors a day to use the security check to greet or hold relatives at their gate.

Officials say that the SEA Visitor Pass allows visitors who meet the requirements of the Transportation Security Administration to reach the domestic gate.

The Seattle Times reports that the airport is one of the first in the nation to engage visitors in such areas since the practice was suspended following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Port Seattle officials say waiting times for travelers trying to overcome safety will not rise.

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