Construction of a new security checkpoint at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is complete. The finished construction consolidates all passenger screening at the airport.

Workers finished the checkpoint on Saturday evening, with the first passengers screened there on Sunday June 25, 2017. The airport says it will make screening lines faster and more efficient. Tara Hernandez the Marketing and Communications Director at the airport says, "I was through the checkpoint earlier today and people are just walking through just kind of in amazement just with the natural skylight, just the ease of going through security."

The checkpoint is part of the airport's $45 million Gateway Transformation Project. Different portions of the project will open throughout the summer, including new terrazzo flooring, lighting fixtures, restrooms & nursing rooms, family restrooms, business centers, and retail space.

Hernandez adds, "I think people, maybe if they haven't flown here in a while, they come here and it looks like an entirely new and different airport, which is good because it's really reflective of West Michigan and again, that first impression when you step off the plane or when you're departing from Grand Rapids, you're going to know exactly where you are."

On Friday, a new Starbucks and a kids play zone will open at the airport.

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