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Contraband carry-ons slow airport security lines, officials say

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Why do security lines at airports back up?

Part of the reason is contraband -- some, downright bizarre -- that people try to bring on planes, Honolulu International AIrport officials said this week, as part of a push to encourage passengers to sign up for PreCheck.

Officials showed reporters some of the strange items Honolulu International Airport passengers have slipped into their carry-ons. They include a chop knife, brass knuckles, and various power tools.

TSA officials said the piles of prohibited items were collected just in the last few weeks.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said it's items like these that lengthen security screening. TSA PreCheck, an expedited security screening program, helps passengers skip the long lines.

"Expedited screening, no taking your shoes off, you don't have to take your coat off, you can leave your laptop in your bag and you get through the process a lot faster," said Melendez.

The difference in the two lines was noticeable Tuesday morning.

There was an approximate 20-minute wait in the regular security line while the PreCheck line had no one in it.

To make it easier to enroll, TSA set up a new booth inside the Honolulu Airport's interisland terminal at Lobby 3.

Here's how it works: You apply online, then set up an appointment at the booth to provide fingerprints and show an ID. It costs $85 for five years. About two weeks later, after a background check, you get your PreCheck number, which you would provide when booking your ticket.

There are also booths in Downtown Honolulu, Hilo, Lihue and Wailuku.

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