Kapuy represents Lihu’e Airport, Pacific Rim airports on national board

Things are running fairly smoothly at Lihu’e Airport, in terms of passenger screening, federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials said.

The facility is considered a Category 1 airport, with over 1.5 million passengers moving in and out of it each year.

After attending his first meeting of an elite, 31-member National Transportation Security Officer (TSO) Advisory Council in Washington, D.C., TSO Rodney Kapuy of Lihu’e Airport came home with a newfound respect for how good things are at his work-place, said Gini Kapali, Lihu’e Airport TSA customer-support manager.

He said the first of the quarterly meetings provided an opportunity for “awesome networking,” and made him realize that Lihu’e Airport is far ahead of other airports in terms of smooth, efficient security screening, Kapali said.

Jennifer Marty-Peppin, public affairs manager for the TSA West Coast Region, said in a press release, “His recent achievement is a positive reflection on not only TSA and the airport, but the local community as well.”

Kapuy was recently selected to represent Lihu’e Airport and all Pacific Rim airports as a member of the National TSO Advisory Council.

Kapuy along with 30 other council members advise and make recommendations for improvements on security screening to TSA Administrator Kip Hawley, Marty-Peppin explained.

“We are proud that Lihu’e’s TSO Rodney Kapuy was selected from over 300 applicants to have a seat on the National TSO Advisory Council,” said Sharlene Mata, Lihu’e Airport federal security director.

“His excitement after returning from his first meeting with Administrator Kip Hawley has brought a renewed energy to the workforce at Lihu’e, as well as those of the Pacific Rim airports,” Mata added.

Kapuy started with TSA at Lihu’e Airport in 2004, and has served on the Model Work Place Communications Committee, and volunteered for many other detail assignments, Mata noted.

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