Travel to and from Hawaii is getting easier and faster, with two significant improvements to TSA security procedures for flights to and from the mainland and elsewhere. One had early deployment at the Lihue Airport Kauai TSA which we wrote about when it started last month. That major innovation is a new carry-on scanner that lets you keep your laptop and liquids in your carry-on bag. The other is called Credential Authentication Technology (CAT), the result of which is that TSA will no longer scan your boarding pass at security.
TSA had already been widely deploying (CAT), and we can confirm it is now available at all airports serving nonstop flights to the islands. Those airports include:
Washington DC (IAD)
New York (JFK)
Las Vegas (LAS)
Lihue, Kauai (LIH)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Orange County (SNA)
San Diego (SAN)
San Francisco (SFO)
San Jose (SJC)
In total, CAT is now at over 100 U.S. airports, and that number is growing.
Travelers at these airports no longer have boarding passes scanned by security. Instead, TSA has an electronically linked system that associates your ID with its flight database.
Checking in with your airline is still required, as well as having an electronic or paper boarding pass. Boarding passes will not be used at security but only at the passenger boarding gate for your Hawaii or other flights. Passengers 18 years old and over will show a valid ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or other approved government-issued ID, to use the new CAT.
Lihue Airport Kauai TSA checkpoint was reported to be one of the test sites for a time-saving new TSA technology.
TSA has significantly streamlined and expedited the security process, which has stood largely without change since its inception more than 20 years ago. They are now implementing new CT scanners to let all passengers keep laptops and allowed liquids in carry-on luggage. Removal of these has always been one source of slow security screening.
Four of these state-of-the-art scanners were recently installed on Kauai, and the deployment of other airports nationwide is in process. TSA said, “In the future, the goal is to keep laptops and 3-1-1 liquids inside the bag during checkpoint screening.”
Those who have paid TSA PreCheck already experience some of these advancements, even before the CT scanners, including retaining liquids and laptops in carry-on luggage and not removing shoes.
What do you think of these TSA improvements and where have you experienced them?
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