Nanaimo Airport suggests people with flights tonight come as early as two hours before departure time due to an issue with security screening machines. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo Airport passengers advised to arrive early after security screening issues

Airport president estimates X-ray machine will be fixed by Thursday morning

Nanaimo Airport officials are recommending passengers arrive early for flights departing tonight, Feb. 14, due to a malfunctioning security screening device.

The airport put out an advisory today warning of delays. Flights departing for Vancouver at 6:20 and 7:45 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 14, will also be affected, according to Mike Hooper, airport president and CEO.

It is already suggested that passengers arrive 90 minutes prior to their flight departing and Hooper suggests even coming as early as two hours before.

“The X-ray machine is owned by [Canadian Air Transport Security Authority] and it’s run by G4S, the security people, and it’s maintained by Nav Canada … the Nav Canada people responded right away, but they’re having a challenge,” said Hooper. “They’ve put two new motors into the X-ray machine and it still isn’t functioning, so we were hoping that they’d have it fixed tonight, but it looks like it’ll be tomorrow morning.”

Security staff will have to use other screening procedures in lieu of the machine, said Hooper, and once the machine is repaired, the airport will notify people via social media and its website.

Airport staff will be putting out free goodies for passengers.

For flight information, please go to www.nanaimoairport.com.



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