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Honolulu Airport part of ease on security screening

February 16, 2012
The Maui Weekly

A passenger-screening program to enable travelers to pass through security quicker is expanding to 28 more cities, including Honolulu. The new program comes at no additional cost, but will allow passengers to pass through security without having to remove shoes or belts.

The Transportation Security Administration's program is already in test phase at seven other airports. The program marks President Obama's first attempt to address complaints by passengers that claim the TSA lacks common sense when it comes to looking for potential terrorist threats.

The new program gives eligible travelers the choice to provide more personal information about themselves so that the government can check them, easing the time spent passing through security checkpoints.

"Good, thoughtful, sensible security by its very nature facilitates lawful travel and legitimate commerce," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

Travelers who are participating will be permitted to walk through a separate line at checkpoints that allows them to keep on their shoes and belts, and leave their laptops and liquids in bags when being screened.



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