TSA expects a record-breaking summer travel season. Officials say they’re prepared for it but travelers should also pack their patience. This summer, TSA anticipates a 4-percent increase in the number of travelers nationwide. We find out why that is, what TSA is doing about it, and what passengers should do.
This year, Hawaii will definitely see a spike which means long lines at TSA security checkpoints.
“We have so many additional flights with other airlines and new routes, larger aircraft as you’re probably aware that has in of itself caused the number of passengers coming through the checkpoints to spike,” said TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers.
TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers says their goal is to keep the wait time under 30 minutes. The reaction to Honolulu’s TSA lines is mixed.
“This line is very long. I’m mean this is ridiculous. I’m going to miss my flight,” said Renee Dayanan who was heading to the Big Island.
“It doesn’t seem to be too bad,” said it’s my second time here it’s been pretty reasonable yeah,” said visitors Matt King and Gabby Boucher.
To prepare…we’re told TSA has hired more than 100 employees for this year’s travel seasons.
Dankers says all airports but one is fully staffed.
“We are still recruiting on Lihue to hire some additional officers,” said Dankers.
Travelers can also help streamline the process by making sure their carry-on bags are clear of prohibited items.
“Just keep that in mind with prohibited items, they do cut down on the efficiency and speed of people making it through the security checkpoint,” said Dankers.
“At this point, you should kind of know what the rules are. It’s quite clear and there are heaps of signs everywhere, so just follow the rules and you’ll be fine,” said Jess Kennedy-Buckley from London.
TSA hands the items that have been confiscated to the state and the state will auction or destroy them.
Simplifying your outfits for security screening will move the line along. Also, you may want to consider enrolling in TSA pre-check. Currently, the airport in Honolulu has 9 TSA checkpoints. The state tells us it is preparing for future growth with a tenth security checkpoint being constructed. We’re told this one will have six lanes to screen passengers.
TSA officials urge travelers to come 3 hours early before their flight if flying out of Honolulu. On the neighbor islands, travelers should give themselves 2 hours.
Last summer, TSA screened more than 5.3 million travelers in the state with more than half from the Honolulu airport. The busiest days for TSA in Honolulu are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The busiest times are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 to 11 at night. It’s due to the number of flight departures over a short period of time.
To view a map of the nine TSA checkpoints, Wiki Wiki bus stations, and parking garages at HNL please click here.