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With new flights and larger planes, SLO County airport gets a 2nd security lane

New SLO airport terminal makes TSA security checks faster

As the busy Thanksgiving travel season looms, Lorie Dankers from the Transportation Security Administration talks about how extra room at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport offers a better passenger experience for travelers. Screenings an
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As the busy Thanksgiving travel season looms, Lorie Dankers from the Transportation Security Administration talks about how extra room at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport offers a better passenger experience for travelers. Screenings an

Security lines at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) should be shorter now that the Transportation Security Administration has finally begun offering a second lane for security screenings to handle an increase in traffic.

Passengers who travel through the airport have complained of a long line during early morning hours, when multiple planes take off around the same time.

The new bag-screening lane comes in advance of United Airlines beginning a second daily nonstop flight to Denver and debuting larger planes on existing routes, which should add about 180 additional daily passengers, an airport news release says.

"The move allows our travelers to get through security faster than ever before," Director of Airports, Kevin Bumen, said in a release. "TSA is committing additional resources to our airport because they see how we've been growing, and continue to grow."

The new San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport terminal's official opening date is Nov. 1, 2017. The facility is 56,000 square feet — almost 40,000 square feet larger than the existing terminal. High ceilings and a new outdoor courtyard are among

While security officers will be able to increase efficiency during peak travel times, travelers are still encouraged to arrive 90 minutes before their flight departure.

The airport currently offers flights to Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Denver.

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