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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Hawai'i's threat level remains at 'elevated'

 •  National terrorist threat level raised
 •  'High' alert untimely for U.S. travel industry

Advertiser Staff

The state yesterday maintained its threat level at "yellow," despite the federal government's decision to raise the national threat level to "high risk" because of the possibility of terrorist attacks.

In Hawai'i, Gov. Linda Lingle kept the level at "elevated," which is the fourth-highest alert level followed by orange, red and black. Lingle said there have been no specific threats to the state.

"Hawai'i continues to be on alert, and we are working closely with our military and civilian partners to monitor the national situation, specifically as it relates to our state," Lingle said.

She said the state's airports, harbors and ports are controlled by the federal government and were on orange alert status.

Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa said vehicles heading to the airport will be subject to random inspections. He said there also will be an increase in surveillance and patrols at the airport.

Ishikawa said travelers should anticipate delays and give themselves some extra time, particularly during the Memorial Day weekend.