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Airport hotel guests can shop at Airmall

| Friday, April 13, 2007

Guests of the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Aiport will be allowed to enter the Airside Terminal and its Airmall to shop and eat under a plan unveiled today.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority intends to detail the pilot program during a Monday morning news conference at the airport.

"We are eager to launch this new program and are working closely with the Hyatt and the Transportation Security Administration to ensure that all security measures are followed and that Hyatt guests can take advantage of our world-renowned Airmall," said authority Executive Director Kent George.

Guests would have to let the hotel's front desk know they are interested in shopping in the Airmall. The airport authority then would verify the guests' identification and provide them with a non-passenger pass to present at the security checkpoint.

Hotel guests would be screened along with ticketed airline passengers at the security checkpoints.

The pilot program also is being tested at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport and Detroit Metro Airport.

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