Hawai‘i National Guard conducts medical screenings at multiple airportsPosted on Apr 6, 2020 in Main, News Release
April 6, 2020
For Immediate Release
Hawai‘i National Guard conducts medical screenings at multiple airports
HONOLULU, HI- Early this morning the Hawai‘i National Guard (HING) began supporting the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) with the medical screening of incoming and departing passengers as well as airline crews at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Hilo International Airport (ITO). Guard support for Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), and the Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole (KOA) commenced this afternoon.
“Our Hawai‘i National Guardsmen are on the frontlines in the fight against the spread of COVID-19,” said Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi Jr., commander, HING Joint Task Force. “The public will see us in the airports in every county and we will continue to support the counties in other areas. We are proud to support the Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation during this time and appreciate the community doing their part to stay at home.”
On O‘ahu, HNL airport firefighters were training the Guardsmen on their first day of this support mission in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For departing passengers today, one of the locations that the Guardsmen conducted temporal scanning was in front of the TSA security area at Terminal 1.
“HDOT is grateful for the help and support of the Hawai‘i National Guard members who are working to keep the public safe at our airports and in the community,” said Director Jade Butay, Hawai‘i Department of Transportation. “Passenger volumes remain down 99 percent from this time last year and the few who are traveling are having their temperature taken as another layer of precaution.”
The Hawai‘i National Guard was able to take some pictures and video of the medical screening at HNL. The links to that coverage are listed below. Because there were no incoming flights at HNL until this afternoon, no footage of (incoming) gate medical screening was captured this morning. We will have some of that footage in the near future.
MAJ (RET) Jeff Hickman
Director, Public Affairs
State of Hawai‘i, Dept. of Defense