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Ford airport consolidates security checkpoints

June 27, 2017
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Airline passengers move through the security checkpoint at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Courtesy Ford airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport has opened its new consolidated security checkpoint.

Previously, travelers passed through a pair of security screening checkpoints positioned at each of the airport’s two concourses.

The new, consolidated security checkpoint is located in the airport’s Grand Hall and moves TSA screening to a single central location, which the airport said will streamline the security process and move lines faster.

“We could not have asked for a smoother transition bringing all of our passengers together in our new consolidated checkpoint,” said Jim Gill, president and CEO, Ford airport. “We have to thank our engineering staff for their tireless efforts and our partners at the TSA for assisting in this transition. It really is a collaborative effort to pull off projects like this, and we’re already hearing from our passengers about how much they appreciate the new space.”

The checkpoint opened to passengers from both concourses A and B on Sunday.

In addition to the new checkpoint, a post-screening Starbucks Coffee is set to open on Friday along with a re-designed Kids Play Area in the pre-screening area.

The new checkpoint is part of phase one of the airport’s ongoing $45-million Gateway Transformation Project, which will include new terrazzo flooring, lighting fixtures, new restrooms and nursing rooms, a new security business center and new retail, food and beverage space.

The first phase is expected to be completed in late August after construction began in December 2015.

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