TSA screening lane expansion may be downscaled, says Airport


The funds earmarked for this expansion project may not cover the cost of the expansion.

Guam – The Guam International Airport Authority’s Public Relations Officer, Rolenda Fauusuamalie issued a statement regarding the airport’s expansion project, indicating the possibility of a downscaled expansion project for TSA screening lanes.

Read Faasuamalie’s statement below:

“The Airport has been in discussion with TSA Guam on the expansion of screening lanes, as part of our capital improvement projects.  In fact, the expansion of TSA screening lanes was included in the priority project listing that was to be funded by 2013 general revenue bonds of $110 million.  Since the closing of the bonds, we have aggressively been moving forward with major capital improvement projects that deal with safety and security. This includes the $97 million international arrivals corridor which groundbreaking is scheduled for July 29, the $30 million baggage handling system which was completed just last month and the design and construction of a new aircraft and rescue firefighting facility in the amount of $14 million, to name a few.  Concurrently, we were working on conceptual designs of an expanded TSA screening area. As the work on the international arrivals corridor progressed with the first design work, and now construction, this one project took nearly all the funding available by the revenue bonds.  Thus, work on the expansion of TSA screening lanes project will either be downscaled due to decreased funds, and/or will progress as we work to find opportunities to fund the added lanes.  In regards to comments on TSA employment, TSA briefly mentioned concern of staffing issues but did not attribute the specific reason/cause to be the design issue. We can only speculate that the efficiencies of the baggage handling system contributed to this personnel issue.”

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.