We were encouraged to see that Neighbor Island airports will be part of the Transportation Security Administration's "PreCheck" program that will allow frequent fliers to get through security more quickly.
Sen. Brian Schatz announced Wednesday that his request to allow airports at Kahului, Kona and Lihue into the program has been approved by the TSA. People in the frequent-flier programs of participating airlines are eligible for the special treatment. Hawaiian Airlines is a participating airline.
"As an island state, Hawaii has unique travel needs," Schatz said. "By making it easier for the 16,000 to 18,000 passengers who travel daily between the four major islands to commute, we are allowing room for economic growth and expansion."
According to the story in The Maui News, participants in the program don't have to take off their shoes or outwear, and don't have to remove their laptops from their bags.
We were surprised to learn that Honolulu has the program in place. As a frequent visitor to Oahu, we were unaware that the program even existed.
As we have stated here before, we are very impressed with the TSA officials at OGG. With another recent medical issue that required "male assists" to get through screenings, we were impressed again with the professionalism and kindness we encountered with every TSA employee.
The "PreCheck" program is just another example of the TSA making the essential duty of protecting the flying public as comfortable as possible. We commend them, and Schatz, for extending "PreCheck" to our airport.
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