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The parents and daughter have booked a flight to LA from Chicago with a plane change in Denver - by design. Four year old daughter (our granddaughter) has a RT ticket to Denver. During the plane change we want to pick up our gdaughter at the gate. Has anyone done something like that and how did it work? I assume we can get gate passes to get us through security to pick her up? What kind of documentation will we need beyond usual ids.?

On return I assume it will be easier since she will have a ticket and surely they will give us a gate pass to take her to the gate when her parents change planes on the return to Chicago. Any thoughts or experiences with this?

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