Charleston International Airport wants passengers flying on Tuesday to arrive early and allow plenty of time to get through TSA security screening. The reason: The airport opens its new consolidated TSA screening checkpoint on Wednesday, April 15. Moving starts Monday night.
Currently the TSA operates two separate checkpoints at CHS. The new, single checkpoint will screen all passengers flying out of Charleston International, regardless of airline. The opening of the consolidated security screening checkpoint is another milestone reached in the airport’s $189 million Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (www.chs-TRIP.com
“We are working diligently to ensure the move goes smoothly and that there are minimal delays for passengers,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., director of airports for the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “Passengers should give themselves extra time and arrive earlier on Tuesday than they usually would in case the wait time at the checkpoints is longer than expected.”
TSA will move screening equipment from one lane at each of the existing checkpoints overnight on Monday, April 13. On Tuesday morning, the Concourse A checkpoint will have one lane instead of two available for passenger screening. Concourse B checkpoint will have three instead of four. Then, overnight on Tuesday, April 14, screening equipment from the remaining lanes at the existing checkpoints will be moved.
At 19,300 square feet, the new consolidated checkpoint is designed to accommodate up to eight lanes for screening. Four lanes will open initially, increasing to six soon after. As passenger growth dictates the remaining two lanes will open. The TSA intends to open a dedicated TSA Pre✓® lane. Currently TSA Pre✓® is open limited hours each day based on anticipated passenger volume.
A defining architectural feature of the checkpoint is the 28-foot tall windows that flood the area with natural light.
“The opening of the consolidated TSA security checkpoint at Charleston International Airport offers the opportunity to better utilize our resources, providing a more efficient passenger screening process,” said Steven Corey, TSA Federal Security Director for South Carolina.
Beginning Wednesday, passengers will enter the consolidated checkpoint from the Ticketing Hall. When exiting the screening area, passengers can move freely between Concourses A and B. The convenience of moving between concourses will give passengers more options for shopping and dining as construction is completed and the new businesses open.