HONOLULU – October 16, 2013 – Select Hawaiian Airlines passengers are now being directed to expedited TSA security lanes at the airline’s airport ticket lobbies at Honolulu International Airport, Kahului Airport on Maui and Līhu‘e Airport on Kaua‘i. New TSA Pre✓™ lanes at those three airports have entered their first full week of service, allowing passengers identified as low-risk to clear security without removing their shoes, coats, belts, liquids or laptop computers.
Hawaiian Airlines is participating in the TSA effort to move passengers through airport security more quickly, alleviating bottlenecks that slow the check-in process. The airline has two Pre✓™ lanes at Honolulu International Airport and one each at the Maui and Kaua‘i airports. An additional Pre✓™ lane at Kona International Airport is expected to open in 2014.
“These lanes will greatly enhance our guests’ boarding experience, especially kama‘āina moving between islands, the majority of whom we expect to receive Pre✓™ status,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines’ president and chief executive officer. “When combined with our self-serve, self-tagging kiosks, these new lanes will make our check-in experience the fastest of any airline serving Hawai‘i.
“On behalf of all of our guests, I would like to thank TSA Administrator John Pistole and his Hawai‘i-based team for taking steps to relieve congestion at our security checkpoints,” added Dunkerley.
Selection for the Pre✓™ lane will be made on a flight-by-flight basis by the TSA. As a partner in the TSA Pre✓™ program, Hawaiian Airlines will ensure that travelers selected for expedited screening will receive a boarding pass marked with the Pre✓™ logo upon check-in at Hawaiian Airlines’ self-serve check-in kiosks.
This week, the TSA is expanding from 40 Pre✓™ airports to 100 airports across the United States, with the goal of moving 50 percent of the national air travelers through expedited screening by the end of 2014.
“Hawai‘i’s airports are among the first 100 in the country to be part of the Pre✓™ program,” commented Dunkerley. “The members of our Congressional Delegation have been very supportive of our request to have our checkpoints included in the early phases of the Pre✓™ program, and we are very grateful for their efforts.”
Hawaiian Airlines carries 16,000 to 18,000 inter-island passengers every day, including international and North America guests connecting to the Neighbor Islands.
This week, the TSA is also opening Pre✓™ lanes at Hawaiian Airlines checkpoints at Sacramento International Airport, Oakland International Airport, San Jose International Airport and San Diego International Airport.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past nine years (2004-2012) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.
Now in its 84th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from 13 International destinations in Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New non-stop service will begin between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
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