Everyone at Gerald R. Ford International Airport wishes to thank the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for their
dedicated service to our country.
At GFIA, we understand that it is a difficult and emotional time for military personnel and their families when you have to say farewell. That is why we have included this page on our site. We want to provide you with as much information as possible so that your time at the airport is spent cherishing your time together -- not worrying about what will happen here.
Immediate family members are welcome to accompany you through security screening to the gate area to await the departure of your flight. In order for this to occur smoothly, please have the following items when you arrive at the airport:
- Your military orders
- Photo ID for each family member over the age of 18
When you arrive at the ticket counter, please ask the ticket agent for a gate pass for each of your immediate family members who will accompany you to the gate area (this includes young children). The gate pass(es) will grant them permission to pass through the TSA security screening and into the sterile area of the terminal.
At the concourse entrance, each individual over
18 years of age will need to show his/her gate pass and photo ID. (Children under age 18 need only to have a gate pass.)
Everyone will have to go through the security screening process so family members will want to dress accordingly. Your family
is then welcome to wait with you at the gate area for your plane to board.
Coming home -- for a short furlough or at the end of a tour -- is an exciting time for you and your family. If they would like, immediate family members may greet you at the gate. In order for them to meet you in the sterile area of the terminal, they should:
- Arrive at the airport at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled arrival
- Bring a photo ID for each family member over the age of 18
- Go to the ticket counter upon arrival at the airport and request a gate pass for each immediate family member. They
will need to let the ticket agent know what flight you are arriving on.
The gate pass(es) will grant them permission to pass through the TSA security screening and into the sterile area of the terminal. Each family member will have to go through the standard screening procedure so they will want to dress accordingly.
Of course, all family and friends are welcome to greet you in the main hall of the passenger terminal building. And may we be the first to say..."Welcome Home!"