I am looking to know the terminology. I will start with the sequence in reverse so everybody understands what I'm trying to figure out -

  1. Gate - This is where you are finally checked along with your boarding pass and passport before either a bus ferries you to the plane or you go on to the bridge to the plane.

  2. Check-in-counter - This is where you get your boarding pass and are told which gate or terminal your flight will start from and how you should navigate.

  3. Security - This is where your bags are checked to see if you are not carrying any illegal substances.

  4. First gate - (the one I'm enquiring about) - This is where your printed ticket along with your passport is checked and matched with your face for the first time.

Look forward to know what is it called ?

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    Are you referring to airports in India? – Michael Hampton Dec 14 '16 at 22:12
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    Note that the order is not always the same and most airports don't have the step you are inquiring about. Sometimes your passport is never checked and/or matched to your ticket at all. – Relaxed Dec 14 '16 at 22:22
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    You can say "Terminal Entrance". In the US, they are frequently labeled Door 1, Door 2, etc. – Johns-305 Dec 14 '16 at 22:26
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    Your sequence is a bit out - all airports that I have flown from have the following sequence (from arriving at the airport) - 1. Check-in and baggage drop, 2. Security, 3. Departure Lounge, 4. Gate. – Moo Dec 15 '16 at 0:16
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    @Moo What he's describing is an initial security check at the terminal door. This is common in some countries (India, Turkey) but unheard of elsewhere in the world. It's generally a check to ensure only passengers with tickets are allowed in the terminal building. Some places have x-ray machines at the door to detect large weapons or explosives. Later, after check-in, you go through normal airport security with your carry-ons; this is an extra step at the front door. – Zach Lipton Dec 15 '16 at 0:36

That step is not so common but I've seen it in some airports.

I know of no official name but I would call it Passenger Entrance since this is also where those who are not passengers cannot usually go since they have no tickets.

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    thank you. Came to know it is known either as 'Passenger entrance' or 'Terminal entrance' either is good. – shirish Dec 15 '16 at 5:08

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