We’re excited that you want to come greet with us! Here is a little bit of information about our sign ups.
Our Honor Flights come in to IAD on either commercial flights or on chartered flights. Depending on different factors with the hub and the airport, we have the option to greet inside security (Inside greeter sign up) or outside security (Outside greeter sign up).
Outside greeter sign up: This is the sign up we recommend the most for a few reasons. You are NOT required to provide your personal information because you will not be crossing through TSA security to greet. You will be in the public area of the airport and you will typically get to spend a little more time greeting our heroes. This option is the BEST OPTION for GROUPS. That way your group does not get separated. This is also recommended for first time or new volunteers. You can get a feel for how our group works, what a greeting is like and what the expectations are for our greeters. This really is my favorite place to greet.
Inside greeter sign up: This is the sign up that allows us to have volunteers go through TSA screening to greet our veterans at the gate and to help us get the hub through the airport in a timely manner to get to their buses. There is limited time to speak to the veterans, as we are trying to get them on their way to DC. This option does require you to provide your personal information on our website so that we can give this information to the airline ahead of time for gate passes. You will have to pass through TSA screening as well to go to the gate. There are limited number of gate passes for our greeters and this is at the discretion of the airline. Another important point to consider is that you have to remain inside TSA security for the entire time the flight is unloading. You will not be allowed to cross back and forth inside and outside of security. You also need to be at the airport one full hour before the flight is scheduled to arrive. If you are not, the escorts must leave without you. This is not recommended for first time greeters, nor for groups, due to the limited number of passes.
Arrival greeter sign up and Departure greeter sign up: For these sign ups, there are no gate passes for the flight. Most volunteers will be outside of security. We sometimes have escorts that will allow us to take a few volunteers through TSA security to assist the hub in getting through the airport, but we do not know if this option is available until the day of the flight. Information about being at the airport to be escorted through security is given on our instructions that are sent out before the flight.
Once you sign up for a flight, you will receive a confirmation screen that your information has been submitted. You will then receive instructions about parking, where to meet, etc. via email between 48-36 hours before the flight.
Sign ups are taken down from the website between 48-36 hours before the flight in order to be able to get the information to the airport and to our leads to prepare for the flight.
If you have any other questions about sign ups, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait for you to experience a greeting with us!!!