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Important Honolulu Airport TSA Changes Starting

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has announced that a new four-lane checkpoint will come to the rescue at Honolulu Airport’s Terminal 1, Lobby 3. This change will be effective Saturday, February 18, 2023. Terminal 1 is used exclusively by Hawaiian Airlines. In addition, we have updated operations for TSA at Honolulu Airport below.

It’s useful to take note that some of the checkpoints have long hours, whereas other have either short or as-needed hours, depending on demand and other factors. Also, Terminal 1 TSA Pre-Check will be moving in advance of the change. Here’s what to expect.

Starting this weekend, the TSA Pre-Check will be moved to the Mauka Concourse checkpoint. The old checkpoint will cease to operate on Monday, February 13. Then next weekend, starting February 18, 2023, the new Makai checkpoint will begin operations. It will be in testing for one week before being finalized.

Effective February 26, 2023, the new checkpoint will be open from 4:15 am until 10:30 pm.

Following is the Hawaii DOT map of the new Terminal 1 TSA locations.


Updated information about all TSA checkpoints at Honolulu Airport.

Below and on the following map are the various Honolulu Airport TSA checkpoints and hours of operation effective January 2023. These are subject to change without notice.

  • Checkpoint 1 Mauka (1A in the diagram above) is open daily from 4:15 am to 11:00 pm. (subject to change)
  • Checkpoint 1 (1B in the diagram above) is open daily from 4:30 am to 10:00 pm. (subject to change)
  • Checkpoint 1 dedicated TSA PreCheck is open daily from 4:30 am to 10:00 pm. (subject to change)
  • Checkpoint 2 is open on an as-needed basis without regularly scheduled hours.
  • Checkpoint 3 is open daily from 4:30 am to 11:30 pm.
  • Checkpoint 3 dedicated TSA PreCheck is on an as-needed basis. (Lane 6; 5:15 am to 6:15 am, or as needed, and 2:30 pm to 11:30 pm).
  • Checkpoint 4 is open daily from 5:15 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Checkpoint 4 dedicated TSA Precheck is open from 5:15 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Checkpoint 5 is open on an as-needed basis from 10:15 am to 2:00 pm based on passenger volume.

Images courtesy of Hawaii DOT.

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10 thoughts on “Important Honolulu Airport TSA Changes Starting”

  1. It’s Great that HDOT can do all this for TSA. But how about the Customs area? One of the elevators has been out for over 5 years now. And there is a line when there’s a alot of wheelchair passengers. It would be nice to see it fixed since the state acquired $10 million for transportation infrastructure.

  2. There are TSA pre-check lines and lines with no TSA pre-check. Big difference between short lines and long lines. Sometimes if I print my ticket out at the airport it’ll show ‘TSA pre-check’ on it and I can zip through the short line. Sometimes it doesn’t and I have to go through the long line. That’s the hullabaloo. Not good going through the long line if you’re in a rush.

  3. Thank you for the updated HNL airport checkpoints hopefully I will remember which is which. It Would be nice to see a little bigger signs rather than walk up to see which Check point is which and then reroute self to correct lane.

  4. My experience, which is based on flying in and out of Honolulu and Maui airports on a weekly basis, is that with a TSA Pre boarding pass, I’ve never had to wait more than two minutes at any TSA checkpoint. Not sure what all of the hullabaloo is about.

  5. A great idea for airports would be curbside signs indicating drop-off points near TSA checkpoints, and which have precheck. Travelers with no checked bags who have their boarding passes need that info for drop-off, not by airline.

  6. Perhaps I’m just thick headed, but I’m not sure how you are supposed to figure out which one of these check points you are supposed to use. Does it depend on your gate? your departure destination? This airport can be such a zoo. Hopefully this will be fully explained and will help alleviate the crowds–If the check points are actually manned.

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