OIA now offering permission slips to explore new Terminal C

The new pilot program allows guests to visit the terminal’s post-security areas to enjoy the many food and retail concessions for leisure purposes.

Photo courtesy of Matt Good, OIA
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The Orlando International Airport has announced a new pilot program that will allow guests to visit the Terminal C post-security areas to enjoy the many food and retail concessions for leisure purposes. 

Starting Friday, Sept. 1, OIA announced the Experience MCO Visitor Pass Program. 

The program offers "a new and engaging way to help the non-traveling public explore the unique architecture, interactive media and services in Terminal C," according to OIA's website. 

Operations at Terminal C, an innovative new terminal geared toward high-tech conveniences for passengers, began Sept. 20, 2022, almost 40 years from the opening of the main terminal in 1981.

Terminal C brings a new level of customer convenience and amenities to MCO.

The terminal can hold up to 20 aircraft at 15 gates, accommodating both domestic and international flights.

Terminal C boasts facial recognition technology, providing faster and more secure boarding; security screening lanes that feature an automated bin return system; an RFID Tote Baggage Handling System for efficient tracking of checked bags; and more.

The terminal offers 23 food and beverage options, including both local favorites and national brands, a variety of shops and a Plaza Premium Lounge.

Terminal C also is adjacent to MCO’s train station with Brightline inter-city rail service to South Florida.

Those who wish to explore Terminal C must apply to visit, gain TSA's approval and take their pass received via email following approval to TSA for general screening.

Passes must be digitally accessible, and printed passes are not accepted. 

In addition, guests are subject to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft and must comply with TSA’s screening procedures.

OIA stated the program is not intended to be used by any individual or entity to conduct business or do solicitation. Doing such will result in a revoking of the pass and render the visitor ineligible for future participation in the program.

To fill out an online application for the visitor pass, click here. For more information and FAQs regarding the program, click here.



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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