Changes to DCA airport and impacts on greeting veterans

Reminders and updates for navigating DCA airport, greeting, and Real ID if greeting inside of security and requesting a Gate Access Pass.

Construction: DCA is undergoing a major construction project to build a new terminal. The project affects Terminals B and C and closes down and/or restricts certain parts of the airport. While Terminal A is not undergoing construction directly, traffic and traveler pickups will have rippling affects. Subscribe to construction advisories to stay abreast. 
Key Points:
Terminal A: Not directly effected.
Terminal B: No change from last year. Veterans will use Terminal B/C elevators and exit and reenter on Level 3 Door 1 on the departure platform (see airport map).
Terminal C: NEW CHANGES this year. Veterans will use Terminal B/C elevators, which are a different set of elevators from what we used last year and the same set that Terminal B uses (we used the elevators by the metro hallway). This means Terminal C arrivals will have a farther distance to travel through the airport if they need to use elevators. It also means Terminal B and Terminal C arrivals will have to share and be patient. It is up to the hub if they will allow their veterans to take the escalators. Once taking the Terminal B/C elevators up to Level 3, hubs flying with American Airlines will still exit Door 6 on the departure platform where the buses will be staged (see airport map). As always we will try to help guide the veterans and their guardians and hub staff through the airport. This will be their first season experiencing these new changes so they will undoubtedly ask us questions. Please remember any of this can change so please make sure to listen to airport officials if they provide different directions. 

Real ID:
 Goes into effect 1 October 2020 so if you want to go through security, you’ll need to make sure you have a Real ID license or other approved documentation. Visit the VA DMV website to find out more. 

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