Posted at 10:17 p.m., Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Threat level raised at Hawai'i airports
Advertiser StaffThe threat level has been raised at Hawai'i airports in response to the foiled terrorist plot in England.
State Civil Defense tonight said all passengers will undergo additional security screening at the boarding gates to ensure that travelers do not take any liquids or gels aboard the aircraft. Coffee, soft drinks and other beverages are now prohibited.
The Transportation Security Administration urged passengers to allow extra time for the screening. Domestic and international travellers should be at the airport at least three hours before their flight and inter-island passengers at least two hours.
Maj. Gen. Robert Lee, Hawai'i's adjutant general and director of Civil Defense, tonight said travellers should adjust their schedules, but not cancel their trips.
"We don't want people cancelling their flight reservations. We are not urging them not to fly," Lee said. "We just want them to know that extra security precautions will be in place for their protection."