Getting through TSA at Ontario airport could get easier




ONTARIO >> Going through security at Ontario International Airport could become easier by the fall.

The San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors has set aside $250,000 to provide a fifth Transportation Security Administration lane at Terminal 4.

The project will relocate the TSA airport office space, shift around existing lanes and add TSA-related security cameras and screening equipment.

The goal is to enhance customer service and security, said Ontario airport CEO Kelly Fredericks. He said he expects to have the lane ready by the end of September.

“It’s not going to eliminate lines during peak hours, but it’s going to dramatically improve wait times,” Fredericks said. “Convenience and accessibility is going to be one of the biggest attributes of our success.”

The extra lane will increase capacity at the gate by 20 percent and comes as the airport continues to handle more travelers month over month when compared to the previous year. For example, In the first four months of 2017, Ontario saw a 6.1 percent jump, from 1.3 million passengers in 2016 to 1.4 million this year, according to figures the authority released earlier this week,

Airport officials are in communication with the TSA for more opportunities to improve wait times, Fredericks said.

Fredericks said he initially began looking for funding, even discussing the project with airlines, in March 2016 with the hopes of getting the project completed in time for the airport’s transfer from Los Angeles…

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