TSA: Arrive early to airport due to fire; Friday closures

The Transportation Security Administration is advising travelers to arrive more than two hours prior to flight departure Friday in the aftermath of the fire that caused flight disruptions at Kahului Airport.

Multiple flights were cancelled Thursday due to the brush fire and were rescheduled for Friday — which will tax TSA resources, said TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers.

The number of travelers who will depart from Kahului Airport will exceed the capacity of the TSA security checkpoint during multiple times throughout today, she said. TSA is using all available resources, including staffing all available lanes, to continue to screen travelers and their belongings during this surge in the number of departing flights.

TSA offered tips for travelers:

* Consider checking luggage. Reducing the number of carry-on bags and personal items that need to be screened through the security checkpoint saves time for all travelers.

* Be prepared for the screening process. Don’t bring prohibited items to the security checkpoint. Check TSA’s website www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all or download the “MyTSA” app for on-the-go travel advice and list of prohibited items.

The wildfire that burned from Waikapu to Maalaea to north Kihei forced the closure of programs, businesses and offices on Friday.

Closures include the following:

* Summer PALS programs in South Maui due to heavy smoke.

* Kihei Aquatic Center due to ash and smoke.

* Upcountry Pool due to heavy smoke.

* Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge.

* Kaiser Permanente Kihei Clinic.

All roads and Kahului Airport currently are open.


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