TSA Steps Up

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Tuesday, August 29th, that it would help with efforts to improve the security screening checkpoint at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport.

After reviewing passenger feedback, the Airport Authority Board put increased emphasis on enhancing the customers’ travel experience through the local airport.  The result is a four-phased approach, the first of which was to organize the queuing process with modern, attractive plexiglas dividers and stanchions.  The second phase was to enlarge the security checkpoint room and increase the heating and air conditioning capability.  This phase is largely complete.

Until yesterday, the third phase, relocating existing equipment and adding a full-body scanner, was still months away.  Then TSA officials informed airport staff they would help, and instead of being a distant plan, the reality is now just weeks away.  Addition of the full-body scanner is another enhancement brought on by customer demand.  Not only will it speed up the passenger screening process, it will substantially reduce the number of “pat-downs.”

Phase four enlarges the secure passenger waiting lounge, and it, too, has moved up in priority.  Specific plans have yet to be announced.

The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport provides quick, cost-effective, convenient air service for North Central Idaho, Southeastern Washington, and Northeastern Oregon.  Daily flights are available to Seattle, Boise, and Salt Lake City with connections anywhere in the world.