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Answered Is it 'allowed' to drop off family members airside in the domestic terminal?

dwilliams92a

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Hi All,
I would love to drop off a family member airside at the domestic terminal in SYD, therefore we can have some lunch before their flight.
However, is this 'allowed' as long as I still pass through airport security, as I won't have a boarding pass?

I'll then just follow the arrival signs like a normal arriving passenger.

Many thanks for your help!
 

tdimdad

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I do this a few times a year in both domestic terminals and it's all fine, no questions asked anywhere.
Just make sure you walk to the security check with gear that passes the check, so leave any tiny pocket knifes, etc in the car, if you happen to normally carry anything like that with your keys or in your pockets.
 

dwilliams92a

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Thanks for letting me know it's fine everyone! Would it seem strange though like me going through the checkpoint with no bag? :)
 

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Thanks for letting me know it's fine everyone! Would it seem strange though like me going through the checkpoint with no bag? :)

No, have done it lots of times. Sometimes just a day trip to another city for work or even just to meet someone before or after a flight.
 

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I do it all the time when staying at the BNE airport hotels. 3 minute walk over to the domestic terminal, through check point to the bar, seat by the window overlooking the runways etc and also great for people watching. Beats sitting by myself at the hotel
 

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Australia is one of the few countries where you do not need to be a passenger to enter the domestic airside.
 

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No Boarding Pass, or ID, needed. At domestic. Just the usual emptying of pockets, etc.

Ah, the memories of the days of Anytime Access to the Lounge.
 

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Ah, the memories of the days of Anytime Access to the Lounge.
Yes … this thread made me think about that!
When my wife first started flying regularly for work, she was travelling to somewhere-or-other domestically & they were sending a limo. It might have been a domestic leg to meet an international flight elsewhere, I can't recall.
Anyhoo it was a weekend & I had nothing better to do, so I went in the limo with her & caught the bus (3hr trip but only something like $4) home … and we had lunch together in the lounge.
I'd be surprised if it was even as long as 10 years ago.
So did we 'sneak' me in, or were non-travellers allowed to accompany members into the … I'm going to say it was Qantas Club (not the domestic J lounge)? Is it still allowed?
 

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So did we 'sneak' me in, or were non-travellers allowed to accompany members into the … I'm going to say it was Qantas Club (not the domestic J lounge)? Is it still allowed?

Non-travellers have always been allowed to enter the QC and Dom J lounge when guested in by an eligible travelling member.

Up until about 2006? WPs had anytime access to QF Dom lounges, i.e. didn't even need to be flying, could just pop in and enjoy a meal.
 

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Up until about 2006? WPs had anytime access to QF Dom lounges, i.e. didn't even need to be flying, could just pop in and enjoy a meal.
Yeah, when we were looking for cars around the end of high school & during Uni (late 80's to early 90'), and hence driving all over Sydney, if we were going anywhere near Mascot we'd grab a few of the hundreds of visitor passes a mate's dad had, park a short walk from the Qantas terminal for free (which was possible then), and grab a free lunch from the spread which was certainly better/bigger than what they have in the dom J lounge these days.

I think we needed to, ahem, say we were meeting my mate's dad inside though - I think those passes were for accompanying a member, not for use at any time. :)
 

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Australia is one of the few countries where you do not need to be a passenger to enter the domestic airside.
As per Haplo, it is ok here but not elsewhere.

Just so you get very comfortable with the notion, let me explain Life as a Smoker. When I travel domestically in Australia, I get to the airport early and check in, etc. I go through security to get to airside. I will then pop back outside for a smoke a couple of times before the flight (leaving all my bags etc with other people), so I literally go through security a couple of times carrying nothing but a pack of smokes and my boarding pass. And I don't need the boarding pass - I just like to keep it on me.

And likewise, you can go through to airside to greet someone right at the gate when they arrive.

I think the Australian way is cultural. If you allowed this in a sth american country "airside" would be jam-packed with non-flying relatives and hawkers.

Anyway, welcome @dwilliams92a to the forum :)
 

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I think the Australian way is cultural. If you allowed this in a sth american country "airside" would be jam-packed with non-flying relatives and hawkers.
And some countries (my experience is Indonesia) you can't even get into the check-in hall unless travelling - CGK T2 has a cursory ticket and baggage inspection at the entry, but I would hardly call it airside.

Ah, the memories of the days of Anytime Access to the Lounge.
The MEL QP was always good for a feed and a few drinks when staying at the Hilton (as it was then)!
 

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