KAHULUI, Hawaii (KHON2) — Long lines persist as travelers continue to overwhelm Maui’s Kahului airport.

Officials said the wait times seem to be worse between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Officials say it’s been an ongoing problem for about a month now.

Some people were taken by surprise while others were prepared for the long wait.

“When we got dropped off and they said you have to walk that way. We looked at it and said ‘Oh wow. This is ridiculous,'” said Big Island resident Verna Fernandez.

“You know even coming over from Seattle, there were lines but nothing like this,” said Washington resident Rhonda Covert. “I haven’t seen anything like this, this this is crazy.”

“I don’t know if it’s moving soon,” said California resident Cyrus Villarosa. “It seems to be moving, but I heard a couple days ago people were fainting from the heat. So we came in earlier so we wouldn’t miss our flight.”

The general TSA line at Kahului airport is long there is airport staff handing out water. You can see just how long the outdoor line stretches down the road.

TSA said the long lines are simply because Kahului airport can’t handle the influx of travelers.

“We seen a good increase here for the summer season due to the increase in the flight schedules,” said Maui Airport district manager Marvin Moniz. “Part of that is increasing the size of the aircrafts.”

The current setup is eight lanes. TSA is working to install a ninth which should be completed by the end of the month.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is also working on short-term solutions.

“So we purchased temporary awnings with assistance from the airlines,” added Moniz. “We ordered it from the west coast. It looks like it will be here in about two in half to three weeks. It will take a week to install.”

DOT is reaching out to airlines to stagger flights so there aren’t so many departing during the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. peak time.

Maui residents hope more can be done.

“This has become the norm I fear,” said Haiku resident Madi. “This is going to become a justification for expanding the airport, and the island has a finite amount of resources.”

As officials work to address the issue their warning to travelers.

“We’ve got people coming five hours early now because they’re afraid of these lines,” Moniz said. “But I think two and a half, three hours is plenty. The least amount of hand carries you can take to the check point the better because it helps expedite the process.”

Airport staff is escorting kupuna and those traveling with young children to the front of the line so they don’t have to stand in the sun.

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