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Hawaii aims to reduce immigration lines at Honolulu airport

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The state of Hawaii plans to install machines to reduce the time travelers have to wait in immigration lines when they arrive at Honolulu International Airport.

Authorities say the machines should reduce the time visitors spend in long lines by having the passengers scan their passports and fingerprints, quickening the immigration process.

Many foreign visitors wait in long lines because many flights arrive from Asia around the same time each day. Peak arrival hours are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

State Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ross Higashi says passengers must wait an average of 20 to 30 minutes to pass immigration. He says the machines should cut a half-hour wait by 10 minutes.

The state plans to install 32 of the machines at a cost of $1.7 million.

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