Curbside check-in resumes at BWI, other airports

FAA allowing restart under tighter security after Sept. 11 attacks

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October 02, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Curbside check-in is resuming at Baltimore-Washington International and other airports around the nation, though with tighter security since the Sept. 11 hijackings.

US Airways became the first airline at BWI to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for curbside check-in and began allowing passengers to go directly to security gates on Saturday, said airport spokesman John White. American Airlines resumed curbside check-in yesterday at BWI.

Airport officials say they hope curbside service will help alleviate long lines at ticket counters as more people resume traveling by air. Within two weeks, most, if not all, airlines are likely to gain FAA approval to resume curbside check-in, White said.

Curbside check-in was abolished when airports reopened two days after the attacks. (FAA spokesman William Shumann said the agency is approving requests from individual airlines and airports to resume the service under tighter security, according to the Associated Press. He would not identify the new measures, citing security needs.)

But BWI's spokesman said FAA precautions include extending the security perimeter - meaning, for example, that cars using the hourly parking garage can't park in spaces nearest the terminal.

Under the resumed service, skycaps - who are contracted by the airlines and work largely for tips - will check passengers' luggage at the curb as before. However, passengers must have a paper ticket or an electronic ticket that includes a confirmation number and the airline's logo to receive their boarding passes.

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