Safe Travels Program

Safe Travels Program

The Allegheny County Airport Authority has always been dedicated to the health, safety and security of its passengers and staff. Now it’s going even further by committing to the highest in safety standards and practices in the airport industry – today and in the future.

As the Airport Authority prepares for the gradual return of air travel, it’s launching an authority-wide initiative titled “Safe Travels.” The initiative, in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boosts health and safety measures already in place throughout the facilities and will help increase confidence in air travel through enhanced protocols that outline best practices for reducing the spread of germs.

As part of a phased approach to accommodate increasing flights and passengers, we are beginning the second phase of the “Safe Travels” program.

In addition to protocols launched that include mandatory face coverings, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols in our facilities, we are reopening airport concessions, the alternate security checkpoint and other airport services based on passenger volume.

On March 22, 2021, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) awarded PIT its STAR Facility accreditation, the “gold standard” for cleaning and disease prevention in public facilities. GBAC is a division of ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide.  Read more here. 


Pittsburgh-Themed Floor Markers

Getting used to social distancing can be tough. So can visiting a new city. Here at PIT, we help passengers do both with Pittsburgh-themed social distancing floor markers. So whether you’re new to “the ‘Burgh” or returning home, these black and gold beauties are waiting for your arrival, keeping you healthy and safe. Safe Travels!

Phase 2 details of the Safe Travels Program include:

  • Concessions – A number of airport shops and restaurants will reopen following a phased approach and in accordance with state health department guidelines and Airport Authority policies. (View the current list of open concessions here.)
  • Parking – The airport’s Short-Term, Long-term, Extended and Economy Lots are open.
  • Alternate Security Checkpoint – The alternate security checkpoint will be open limited hours (Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between the hours of 4:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.) Please note: these hours are subject to change. Additionally, an outdoor monitor showing TSA wait times has been installed just outside the entrance of the Alternate Security Checkpoint.
  • Global Entry Enrollment -The CBP Global Entry enrollment office is located on the third floor of PIT’s Landside Terminal. Read more information on Global Entry.
  • Reconfigured Seating – Furniture in gate areas, food courts and baggage claim has been removed or repositioned to encourage social distancing.


You can learn more about these details, and see a video update on new procedures, in Blue Sky News.