New security checkpoint for 'B' gates opens at Tucson Airport - Tucson News Now

New security checkpoint for 'B' gates opens at Tucson Airport

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Getting through security is about to be much smoother for passengers flying out of the Tucson Airport.

A new security checkpoint for "B" gates just opened Tuesday morning. 

The checkpoint has more space, a composure area to put on shoes and get bags together after going through the checkpoint, a business center and a children’s play area.

“I think it is a tremendous upgrade,” said Daisy Jenkins, a frequent flyer out of TIA.

But one of the biggest additions to the airport, is more restaurants and shops after security.

“Once of the few complaints we get from passengers now is we don’t have enough food and beverage or retail concessions when you get through security,” said Mike Smejkal, senior director of development services at TIA. “So by moving down farther, we can open that space up for those types of things.”

This new checkpoint cost $4.5 million, but the project was paid for through TAA funds, not state or city taxes.     

Currently there are three lanes, but a fourth lane will be added to this checkpoint this summer.

Also happening this summer, changes for security for the "A" gates.

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