Boise airport

The Boise Airport in August 2019 added a sixth TSA checkpoint line in response to growth in travel volumes.

BOISE — The Boise Airport will add another lane to its security checkpoint, bringing the total to six.

The additional lane will increase passenger throughput by 26% during peak periods, according to a news release from the airport. The addition comes as 2019 is projected to be the airport’s busiest year ever, with more than 4 million people projected to pass through the facility.

“In the past five years, passenger traffic has increased by 50%,” Airport Director Rebecca Hupp said in a press release. “...By adding a sixth lane, we can ensure that passenger experience at the security checkpoint remains positive as the airport continues to grow.”

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The need is especially acute during the morning hours, which, according to the release, is when a quarter of the airport’s departures occur. And it’s not just the airport that has had to make changes to accommodate increased traffic — airlines have had to increase aircraft size as well, according to the release.

The new lane will be open initially between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. which, according to the release, is when checkpoint lines are longest.

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