Security Checks Reduced At Nassau Airport

Traveling to the U.S. just got a little quicker and easier, as officials announce one level of security check at Nassau's airport is to be scrapped.

The airport has announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, approved a request to remove the secondary security screening checkpoint in the U.S. Departures terminal at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

"We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, passengers travelling to the United States through our airport will no longer have to proceed through a secondary screening," said Frank Watson, Chairman of the Nassau Airport Development Company and the Airport Authority.

"This is a significant milestone for us at the airport. It shows the confidence the TSA has in our ability to run a secured Pre-clearance facility. The move is a huge boost to customer service as we work to enhance the overall passenger experience at LPIA."

NAD and the Airport Authority's security team headed by M.J. Hutchinson, Acting General Manager, Osbourne Ferguson, Director of Security and Andrew Bonaby, Deputy Directory of Security worked with Steve Perris, a Vancouver Airport Services security consultant, in final preparation for a TSA evaluation in the fall.

As a result of LPIA being in compliance with all regulations for passenger screening, TSA recommended that a secondary security screening checkpoint was no longer necessary at the facilities.

The announcement comes as the airport prepares for the busy holiday travel season.

Removing the two security checkpoints on the upper level of the U.S. Departures terminal will add more than 7,000 sq. ft. to the existing lounge for additional seating and retail options for passengers.

Source: The Nassau Guardian