By Wendy Osher
A new security screening checkpoint was dedicated today at Kahului Airport.
The new checkpoint was opened to air travelers today following the brief ceremony. It was designed to increase the total number of passenger screening lanes from six to nine.
State transportation officials say the added capacity will help to reduce the wait time for air travelers, along with travel-related stress and anxiety.
The project went from concept to completion in less than seven months, becoming fully operational prior to the hectic holiday travel season.
The dedication ceremony was hosted by the state Department of Transportation, Airports Division, in collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration, and the Airlines Committee of Hawaii.
Among the dignitaries in attendance were Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, State Senator J. Kalani English, who chairs the state senate Transportation Committee, the Governor’s Liaison JoAnn Inamasu, and DOT Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz.