Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

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    "The alternate security checkpoint is great!!"(23 Tips)
    Kevin W.
    "Love free wifi without being forced to jump through any hoops."(18 Tips)
    Doug R.
    "Spend some time exploring, there is a dinosaur and a mall"(6 Tips)
    Shaun C.
    "Try the Mediterranean burrito at Currito"(6 Tips)
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  • Doug Z.
    Doug ZiskaApril 2, 2014
    Love this airport! Security lines are never very long and there are some great shops in the main terminal where all the concourse branch off from! Just wish the had shuttles or buses out. Upgrade!!
    Upvoted Oct 15
  • Jenda
    JendaFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Traveling with a service animal? There's an animal relief area next to the post office in Concourse D. Even of you're not traveling with a svc animal, go anyway. Seeing the fire hydrant is worth it.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouSeptember 28, 2014
    For an excellent sit down breakfast, try Bar Symon, from renowned chef and Food Network star Michael Symon. Was fast and delicious!
  • Victor S.
    Victor SoaresOctober 17, 2014
    There's an awesome place across from gate A11 where there are two power outlets and some seats. None of the nearby gates were in use so the area was quiet enough to take a call while charging up.
  • Majid D.
    Majid DaudiNovember 4, 2010
    Head to Nature's Kitchen in the main food court...they've got some pretty decent Jerk Chicken chunks served on a bed of rice, with green beans and the Pesto pasta salad on the side. A delicious lunch!
  • Leah S.
    Leah SinsheimerJune 26, 2012
    If you have some time before your flight, eat at Bar Symon in the central area (top of the escalator to terminals). Great service, great food, great beer list, and great value.
  • Sean S.
    Sean StaleyApril 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have a pet and some time, take your pet to the outside relief areas instead of the one inside the terminals. The outdoor ones are on either side of the baggage claim doors in the grassy areas.
  • Jackson G.
    Jackson GallagherAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Pittsburgh is one of the most well designed airports. It served as a US Air hub until 2004 or so and now many gates are empty but the shopping and food is still superb and constantly being renovated.
  • Joy P.
    Joy PachuckiJune 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the alternate security point, has always been dramatically quicker. Free wifi is also an added bonus of PIT!
  • Daniella S.
    Daniella SquicqueroMarch 26, 2014
    1) Connect to "FlyPittsburgh" for a good Wi-Fi connection. 2) Purchasing the preferred upgrade at check-in is truly worth it. Zero line and first to board. 3) Fly often!
  • Corey C.
    Corey ClaytonOctober 30, 2011
    Hidden power outlet!!: check out the TGI Friday's in the center of the midfield terminal. There's an outlet behind the column in the bar entrance. Be kind, tip your server well!
  • Jeannie
    JeannieAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy your drinks or snacks at Rite Aid. The prices there are the same as the street prices. You can also use your savings card ;) Everywhere else you'll pay steep airport/airplane prices.
  • Dafyd J.
    Dafyd JonesSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The "alternate security checkpoint" (upstairs, by check-in) typically has shorter lines, fewer nudey scanners and vomits you out on the far end of the transit, ready for a quick escape. Use it.
  • Jayne
    JayneJuly 25, 2012
    If you just have one carry on item you can go through the express security lane which is one short line opposed to weaving through a huge long one- the alternate ckpoint only has 2 lanes- is slower!
  • Bianca Z.
    Bianca ZeilerJune 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Small make your own at Currito, Irish coffee with both and whipped cream to go from chilis, and sunglass hut at 6 am for when you inevitably forget your shades at home!
  • Brenda A.
    Brenda AskinsOctober 22, 2013
    If you're looking for a great breakfast while you're waiting for a flight, try Charley's Grilled Subs near terminal A. Outstanding omelet made with real eggs.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WilliamsSeptember 1, 2015
    Love free wifi without being forced to jump through any hoops. Need more charging stations tho. Love the post office and rite aid right in the airport gates. More airports need that
  • K Y.
    K YJune 11, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Traveling on Monday before 8 AM? Get here early. At 5:30 the line is starting to get long. By 5:45 it's 15 minutes. By 6 you're looking at an hour plus. At that point, go to alt checkpoint.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SteinerAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Free WiFi, decent shopping for an airport and no single monopoly by any one airline keeps everybody fairly honest. Alternative checkpoint is nice for weekday mornings if you don't have PreCheck
  • Jenda
    JendaJuly 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Extended parking shelter numbers don't match the numbers on the poles. Be sure to note both or you will wind up with a long walk.
  • Eric O.
    Eric OAugust 20, 2013
    If you're a first-time visitor, start looking for dinosaurs as soon as you step into the airport. Pittsburgh is littered with dinosaurs, and the airport is no exception.
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CraftDecember 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Mayorga Coffee Roasters in the center hub (between D and A) seems to be the best coffee option here. Try a double red-eye.
  • Sean S.
    Sean StaleyApril 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously, skip the main TSA line and go through the alternate route. Never fails to blast through security using the alternate route. It's located on the top floor by United and restrooms.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GrazianiJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the alternate security check! Shorter lines! From the drop off area, enter ticketing area, then keep walking straight through to the opposite side. Go outside and follow the signs!
  • Jonathan A.
    Jonathan AdamsJune 5, 2013
    No surprise, but the Pittsburgh Welcome Desk people (downstairs by baggage claim) were charming and helped me pick a great run for the morning.
  • Avery J.
    Avery JenkinsOctober 9, 2012
    Please check to make sure you seat belt is securely fastened. Your seat back and tray table are in the full upright and locked position & all carry-on luggage is placed completely underneath the seat.
  • Don D.
    Don DibertDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    YES! RYAN SAID IT RIGHT! When yur stuff comes out of the xray machine slide down to the end so OTHER people can get their stuff Too! YOU are NOT the only one here flying! Show a little consideration
  • Drew H.
    Drew HawkinsMay 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Free WiFi and a back entrance "secret" alternative security checkpoint. Best parts of this airport
  • Rayad K.
    Rayad KhanFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try Brueggers in Concourse B for lots of fresh toppings to go with your bagel. The squeezed OJ is also great.
  • A
    ASeptember 20, 2012
    Nicest TSA agents out of any International Airport I've been to. Probably jinxing myself by writing this, but very nice...never an attitude from them!
  • Manasvi S.
    Manasvi SomaiyaNovember 22, 2012
    Cut the kiosk wait and head down one floor for a check in kiosk to any flight! Works even at 3 am before the kiosks of the carriers start functioning. This check in kiosk is right next to the ATMs.
  • Michael E.
    Michael EJune 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The new restaurant Bar Symon is worth a visit. Michael Symon runs a notable restaurant, Lola, in Cleveland and is a Food TV chef.
  • Rusty S.
    Rusty ShacklefordJuly 27, 2012
    The man will do everything in their power to make you miss the flight, up to and including stealing your luggage and causing a monsoon.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny L.September 20, 2015
    Get here early or sign up for precheck. Security line on a Sunday afternoon snakes around and extends to the doorway.
  • Graham K.
    Graham KukuckaMarch 21, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Such great carpet we have at PIT! I think it's 3 Rivers, but then the rivers are also the exhaust trail from that little plane there. "You seen 'at!???"
  • uncapd
    uncapdMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are picking up a traveller, drive thru baggage claim and make immediate left into garage lot. Park and meet them the old fashioned way! $1
  • Christine S.
    Christine SadleyAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Alternate security checkpoint is def the way to go. I usually walk right through, no more than ~10 minute wait most days.
  • Gianna F.
    Gianna FoltzDecember 9, 2013
    Shops and eateries were all closed by 11. Eat before you arrive!
  • Bethany L.
    Bethany LangJune 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything closes at 7:30pm on Sundays but McDonald's, so don't count on any food or shopping. Also, I have never seen the TGI Fridays near the Southwest gates open.
  • Stephanie Z.
    Stephanie ZimmermanFebruary 10, 2013
    Those awaiting transplant or transplant recipients can ask to be expedited through security to avoid exposure [and] request a gate pass for a loved one to escort & wait with you until you board.
  • Kirk N.
    Kirk NealDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    PIT was recently named the fourth safest airport by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Based on information from the FAA's runway Safety Report and individual runway safety data supplied by the FAA.
  • Lori F.
    Lori FeinmanAugust 1, 2013
    Us Airways offers a $21 ticket upgrade that allows you to use the express security line. So worth it, I truly regret not doing that. Security here is incredibly slow.
  • Bernhard E.
    Bernhard ErbMarch 8, 2014
    Like the view of the city through the tunnel or Mt. Washington, the airport is one of the many beautiful surprises.
  • Vina O.
    Vina OrtizSeptember 19, 2014
    Lots of shopping, and stores aren't allowed to mark up the prices like most airports. Also has Italian brand Pinko's only location in the U.S.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JJune 3, 2013
    Nice airport, nice people, nice city. Only "bad" is security check-in. Much slower that other airport lines I have been to.
  • Connor G.
    Connor GarrettAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Be warned, to my knowledge, there is one and only one security line. You're gonna be waiting awhile. Nice airport other than that though.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HarrellApril 28, 2013
    Avis here is awesome. Rental broke down as I pulled into the garage to return and they were quick to help and even took money off the rental for inconvince.
  • Sunidhi G.
    Sunidhi GuptaMay 11, 2014
    Huge airport. Lot of options to eat and drink. Take the train to commute between check in and boarding.
  • Woody W.
    Woody WommackNovember 10
    Pretty easy to make it in and out. More importantly the rental car facility is on site so no need to shuttle
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    Travel is a great excuse to clean out your purse! Getting rid of clutter in your carry-on bag will allow Transportation Security Officers to get a clear X-ray of your bag and save you time.
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