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A welcome gesture for open government

A 20-year-old opinion by the state Office of Information Practices protects applicants for county or state boards or commissions from being publicly identified, but the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation asked candidates for HART’s 10th member to go public.

Nine of the 15 wannabes — including former City Councilman Gary Okino and former city Transportation Director Joe Magaldi — agreed to make their names known. On behalf of the public, kudos for the openness in this high-stakes process. A 10th, former state Supreme Court Justice Mario Ramil, was mistakenly outed by HART Board Vice Chairman Ivan Lui-Kwan by referring to him and two other rejected candidates. The new HART member, selected by the board, is former state Sen. Robert Bunda.

Question for TSA: What are we waiting for?

Pretty hard to dismiss the irony of these two separate developments on Honolulu’s airport-security front.

First, we have news that 46 employees of the Transportation Security Administration have been punished for substandard service in screening checked baggage at Honolulu Airport. The federal agency fired 28 and 15 were suspended. Not good. And then we hear that the airport crew scored low again where speed is the criterion. Honolulu tied for having the fourth-longest average wait in the TSA security line, among the nation’s 25 busiest airports.

The wait times, compiled for the travel website, showed Honolulu with 25 minutes of line time, on average. By contrast, travelers zip through at Baltimore and several other big-city hubs in five minutes. Honolulu’s extra 20 minutes apparently didn’t produce excellent service, either.

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