TSA rolls out pre-check lanes for Hawaiian Airlines
In an effort to get travelers moving through airports faster, select Hawaiian Airlines passengers are now able to go through security lanes at ticket lobbies in Honolulu, Kahului and Kauai.
Some travelers will be chosen at random by the Transportation Security Administration to skip the long lines and go to the much easier pre-check lane.
"I didn't have to remove my belt. I didn't have to take off my slippers and I didn't have to put all my junk into a little container," said Joan Capili, traveling to Seattle.
In addition, travelers do not have to remove small bottles of liquid or laptops from their carry-on bags.
"Normally, taking out a laptop computer and having to drag that all out is difficult," said traveler Gail Fisher. "It was nice not to have to do that."
Fisher's husband, Ray, didn't quite see it the same way. "I will take that computer out 14 times if I know that I have the peace of mind of being safe," he said. "I say again, the more the merrier."
This week, the TSA expanded the pre-check program from 40 to 100 airports across the U.S., including Hawaiian Airline checkpoints in Sacramento, Oakland, San Diego and San Jose.
Hawaiian Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Dunkerly said it helps make traveling less time consuming and invasive for Hawaii's travelers.
"I think the TSA deserves a lot of credit taking a risk-based approach. They've found a way of maintaining a high level of security without, at the same time, obliging everybody to go through the full process," Dunkerly said. "I think they deserve a lot of credit and would like to see it rolled out as broadly as possible."
The TSA's goal is to move 50 percent of national air travelers through pre-check lines by the end of 2014.
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