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Hawaii’s use of armed private guards at airports draws new scrutiny

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A Securitas officer patrols Honolulu Airport’s interisland commuter terminal. National aviation and airport security experts contacted by the Star-Advertiser say employing private armed personnel to provide law enforcement at airports is unusual.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    In recent years, armed Securitas officers at Honolulu International Airport have changed their uniforms and vehicles to say “airport police” instead of “airport security.” A Securitas vehicle is seen at the arrivals curb at the airport’s overseas terminal.

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