Ministry of Transport | TSA Announcement: Security Improvements at Lihue Airport

TSA Announcement: Security Improvements at Lihue Airport

Posted on June 13, 2022 in Airport News, Main, News

TSA Unveils State-of-the-Art Scanners and Photo ID Verification Units at Lihue Airport Security Checkpoint

LIHUE, Hawaii – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials announced today that they have begun installing four state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanners at the security checkpoint of the LIHUE, Hawaii. Lihue Airport (LIH). Installation of the four scanners began this week and will continue through the end of next week, with the first unit becoming operational by the end of this week. During check-in, travelers should plan to arrive at LIH more than two hours prior to flight departure due to the high number of departing passengers and check-in work at the security checkpoint.

The new CT scanners will be used to screen travelers’ hand luggage at security checkpoints. CT units apply a sophisticated algorithm as they generate a 3D image of the contents of the hand luggage. A TSA agent can manipulate the on-screen 3D x-ray image to allow a better view of the contents of the bag, reducing the number of bag checks required.
When a carry-on is checked by a CT scanner, travelers can leave everything in their carry-on, including electronic devices larger than a cell phone and food. The opening of the x-ray tunnel on a CT machine is slightly smaller than on a traditional x-ray machine. The TSA therefore advises travelers not to force larger objects into the tunnel, but to seek assistance from a TSA agent. Another feature of the CT scan system is that each carry-on bag must be placed in a bin for screening.

In addition to CT scanners, the TSA also recently installed credential authentication technology (CAT) at LIH. There are currently four units in service that are capable of confirming the validity of a traveler’s photo ID and confirming flight information in real time. When travelers approach the travel document verification podium and the CAT is used, they must surrender their photo ID to the TSA agent. CAT units are designed to identify fraudulent documents and those that have been tampered with.

“The introduction of these new technologies at LIH will raise the bar for security operations and improve the travel experience for customers. For passengers departing from LIH, please listen to the instructions given by TSA agents as this will expedite your journey through the security checkpoint, said the TSA’s Acting Federal Security Director for Hawaii, Scott Thaxton. “TSA remains committed to providing the highest level of security with the greatest efficiency. These two technologies help make this possible.

With the summer travel season, the TSA anticipates a high and sustained number of travelers departing from LIH. Travelers can expect LIH security checkpoints to be extremely busy from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The busiest days to travel are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The TSA strives to get travelers through the general security screening process in under 30 minutes and through the TSA PreCheck screening in under 10 minutes. For those traveling during peak hours on busy days, there will be times during the day when the number of passengers who need to be screened may exceed the capacity of the checkpoint. These peaks are determined by flight departure times determined by the airlines with the approval of the State of Hawaii.

Travel Tips

The TSA continues to ask travelers to arrive early and prepare for the screening experience to allow for the timely completion of each step of the travel process. For everything to go well, please follow these tips:

Listen to advice from TSA agents. Some people may not have traveled recently, so it is important to listen to the instructions provided at the security checkpoint. There may be news about new technologies that help reduce touchpoints and make the passenger experience simpler and more convenient, so listen up!

Empty your pockets before arriving at the checkpoint. Place wallets, phones, keys, sunglasses, and other loose items from your pockets inside your carry-on instead of placing them in a trash can. This will ensure that personal items are not forgotten.

Follow the rule for traveling with liquids. Gels, liquids and aerosols are limited to 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less in carry-on baggage. The general definition of this rule is that if you can spill it, spray it, pump it, or pour it, it falls under the restricted liquids rule. Anything over 3.4 ounces must be carried in checked baggage.

Pack smart. Travelers should know the contents of their carry-on baggage and ensure that they do not bring prohibited items to the security checkpoint. To determine if an item is permitted or prohibited in carry-on baggage, download the MyTSA app and use the “Can I Bring?” ” characteristic. Another option is to reach out to @AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook Messenger to get your travel questions answered.

Register for TSA PreCheck®. Experience a smoother screening process by signing up for TSA PreCheck®. Eligible travelers do not need to remove shoes, belts, light outerwear, laptop computers, electronic devices larger than a cell phone, or travel liquids from carry-on baggage.

There is a registration center located in Kapaa at 4-484 Kuhio Highway, Suite 1. Look for the center on the southeast corner of the parking lot. It is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. In May 2022, 93% of travelers eligible for TSA PreCheck waited five minutes or less to be screened at airports nationwide. Another benefit of the program is that children 12 and under are allowed to use the TSA PreCheck lane when traveling with an eligible parent or guardian on the same route.

Allow yourself enough time at the airport. Additional time may be required for parking, at airline check-in counters and at the security checkpoint. There’s no substitute for arriving early and prepared.

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