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New exit lane for arriving passengers opens


Beginning today, arriving Charleston International Airport passengers will exit the airline gate area via a new set of automated security doors that are designed to provide enhanced security between the post-checkpoint side of the airport and the public side.


The exit lane is located in the Central Marketplace near the food court. Arriving passengers walk through the automated doors and exit into the Central Hall. It’s a short walk to Baggage Claim.


When a passenger approaches the exit lane the first set of doors will open. As they walk through the exit, the doors behind them will close and the doors in front of them will open, allowing them to enter the Arrivals area in the Central Hall. Stopping or turning around will cause an alarm to sound and the doors to close.


“Automatic door technology creates additional safety measures for the flying public,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “The safety and security of the traveling public is our No. 1 priority at Charleston International Airport.”


In addition the automated door system allows the Transportation Security Administration at CHS to redeploy personnel that man the exit lane to other areas of the airport.


Construction on the automated doors began in December. Work was completed in late February and was followed by several weeks of testing.



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