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Tampa International Airport expanding dine-at-the-airsides program

Created last year, the All Access program allows non-fliers to sample the airport’s new airside restaurants. Starting Saturday, it goes from once a week to every day.
The Columbia Restaurant Cafe in Tampa International Airport features family photos and, of course, Cuban sandwiches.
The Columbia Restaurant Cafe in Tampa International Airport features family photos and, of course, Cuban sandwiches.

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport said Monday that it’s expanding its TPA All Access program that allows non-flying visitors to go through security to eat at the restaurants, shop or visit spas at the airsides.

Starting Saturday, the program will go from Saturdays only to seven days a week. Since its launch last May, more than 1,700 people have taken advantage of the program, which entails signing up at least 24 hours in advance to get a pass.

Tampa airport to allow non-fliers to try its airside cuisine

“This airport belongs to the Tampa Bay community, and our All Access program is one way of making sure as many people as possible can experience all it has to offer,” airport chief executive officer Joe Lopano said in an announcement of the expansion.

As part of a $2 billion expansion, the airport has added bars and restaurants such as Cigar City Brewery, Ulele, Columbia Restaurant, Four Green Fields and the only Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Florida.

We tried the new restaurants at Tampa International Airport, and we’re full

Participants are subject to the same security screening regulations as passengers boarding a flight. Passes are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are capped at 25 people per airside. Visitors can go to one airside per visit. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To sign up, visit TPAallaccess.com.

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