TSA advises allowing more time for screening at Hawaii airports this summer

TSA advises allowing more time for screening at Hawaii airports this summer

The Travel Security Administration is advising travelers flying from Hawaii to get to the airports three hours prior to their flights.

Lorie Dankers, TSA spokeswoman, anticipates Hawaii will set travel records this summer due to “recently added destinations, an increased number of flights and larger aircraft.”

TSA estimates a national growth of 4% in screening between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends compared to the same period last year (which is a record). The Administration’s goal of 30 minutes to get passengers through screening lines can be a challenge during peak periods and result in longer waits.

According to Dankers’ busiest days and hours at the Honolulu airport are expected to be Thursdays through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

In order to speed screening times, Dankers recommends passengers to:

  • -Unpack your bag before you pack it to avoid bringing prohibited items – which complicate the screening process
  • -Wear slip-on shoes, avoid bulky jewelry, scarves, hair accessories and large belt-buckles
  • -Organize your carry-on bag to easily extract electronic devices, travel-size liquids and food
  • -Enroll in TSA Precheck – which allows travelers to move through screening lines with their shoes and outerwear on and to leave liquids and electronics inside their bags
  • -If you have a question about what you can bring through a security checkpoint, tweet or message AskTSA on social media

Source: www.staradvertiser.com, “TSA advises allowing more time for screening at Hawaii airports this summer” by Allison Schaefers. May 29, 2019