February 21 2023  |  Airline & Terminal News

Hawaiian Airlines streamlines security with updated checkpoint

By PAX International Staff

The new TSA checkpoint includes four screening lanes that exit in front of gates used primarily for Hawaiian's interisland flights

There’s a new security checkpoint at Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). As the state's leading carrier, Hawaiian Airlines’ investment in the new multimillion-dollar TSA security checkpoint will allow passengers to enjoy a more efficient airport experience.

The checkpoint in Terminal 1 will add four screening lanes — bringing the total to 10 lanes. The checkpoint adds 1,000 square feet for passenger queuing and 3,000 square feet of screening area.

“This expanded screening capacity will alleviate congestion and make check-in easier for our guests whether they are taking a short trip to another island or boarding a transpacific flight,” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram said in a February 17 press release.

Hawaiian Airlines CEO Peter Ingram (left) joined Jeff Helfrick, Hawaiian's vice president of airport operations, in a blessing ceremony for the new TSA facility

The $14 million project was funded by Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai‘i’s hometown airline which offers more than 90 daily flights from HNL.

Guests can use TSA checkpoint 1A in lobby 2 which exits at the Mauka Concourse – where Hawaiian boards most of its transpacific flights – or the new checkpoint 1B in lobby 3 that leads directly to gates primarily used for Hawaiian’s interisland departures.

“A big congratulations and mahalo to Hawaiian Airlines on this significant investment into the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport,” said Hawai‘i Department of Transportation Director Ed Sniffen. “Everyone will benefit, from those who fly often for work and medical services, to those who fly casually to relax and reconnect.”

“The completion of this project highlights how much can be accomplished when we work together for the benefit of the travelling public,” said TSA Federal Security Director for Hawai‘i Nanea Vasta. “The security checkpoint will provide an enhanced passenger screening experience for the travelling public to enjoy, an improved work environment for TSA security screening officers while also supporting TSA’s mission of providing greater security effectiveness and efficiency in our screening operations.”

The new checkpoint will be ready to use by the end of the month.

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