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National Guard to help with screening task

The Maui News

The Hawaii National Guard will start helping local airport officials with medical screening of incoming and departing passengers as well as airline crew.

Starting today, National Guard soldiers and airmen will be supporting the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and the Hilo International Airport, the National Guard announced. Support for Kahului Airport, Lihue Airport and the Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole will be starting soon.

Retired Maj. Jeff Hickman, director of public affairs for the state Department of Defense, said Sunday that he did not have an exact date or number of Guardsmen who planned to come to Kahului, but that it would be soon.

The Guardsmen will be located at the passenger arrival gates and TSA security checkpoints. Arriving passengers from domestic and international destinations, as well as departing interisland passengers, will have their temperature taken to determine if an additional medical screening is necessary. The Guardsmen will not be armed.

By today, 342 Guardsmen will be activated to assist the county and state with civil support missions.

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