Thursday, April 26 , 2018, 9:09 am | Fog/Mist 54º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Santa Barbara Airport’s Newly Opened Terminal Greets Holiday Travelers

So far this season there has been less public outcry over full-body scanners, which the Santa Barbara Airport most likely will install early next year

The Santa Barbara Airport’s new terminal is packed with travelers this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, the first big rush since it opened in August.

The $54 million, 72,000-square-foot facility gives passengers access to restrooms, food, departure lounges and free WiFi, unlike the old terminal. The airport is pursuing LEED certification for the terminal, a requirement for all new city buildings. About half of the airport’s property is located on the Goleta Slough Reserve.

This Thanksgiving weekend, travelers are advised to park in Long Term Parking Lot 2 off Hollister Avenue and use the free shuttles for easy access to the terminal, since there is still ongoing construction for the airline terminal project. The original 1942 building will be refurbished and turned into the Airport Security Operations Center, and a short-term parking lot and terminal road should be completed by mid-2012.

Airport Director Karen Ramsdell said the vast majority of people who told her they used the new terminal had positive comments, which was a relief.

“I know change is hard on us humans, so it’s gratifying to know the customer is enjoying it,” she told Noozhawk in an e-mail.

Last holiday season, fliers were considering “opt-out” days regarding the full-body scanners implemented in hundreds of airports across the country. During the past year, privacy concerns over pat-downs and scanner images added to health concerns over the radiation used to get the images, but the public outcry so far this holiday season hasn’t been anywhere near that of 2010.

There is no firm date for the Santa Barbara Airport to get scanners installed, but the decision is at the discretion of the Transportation Security Administration.

TSA regional spokesman Nico Melendez told Noozhawk last fall that the scanners are installed “where the installation process is not going to be a monumental task, frankly.”

Some airports don’t have strong enough floors, high enough ceilings or enough electricity available to install them, so there is a smattering of scanners coast-to-coast. The Santa Barbara Airport’s new terminal can, and will, have them installed, most likely in the first quarter of 2012.

This holiday season, the airport offers the following tips for travelers:

» Plan ahead. Arrive two hours before your flight departure time to find parking, check-in with your airline and go through security screening. Click here for the Santa Barbara Airport’s live flight schedule.

» Pack smart. Know what items are accepted or prohibited through security and on the aircraft. As a reminder, gifts should not be wrapped as they are subject to search, even if placed in checked baggage. The TSA liquid restrictions remain in place; bottled water and liquids over 3 ounces are prohibited through security screening at the boarding gates. There are restrictions on transporting toner and ink cartridges on passenger airplanes.

» Parking. SBA offers long- and short-term parking options at the terminal. During the construction period, the airport suggests travelers take advantage of Long-Term Parking Lot 2 on Frederick Lopez Road, off Hollister Avenue near Fairview Avenue. A free airport parking shuttle will take passengers directly to the airline terminal and is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Short- and long-term parking is also available next to the terminal. All parking lots are automated, accepting payment via cash or credit card. Click here for parking rates and locations.

» Transportation Security Administration. Click here for helpful hints for holiday travelers.

The airport administration office will be closed Friday, and Dec. 19 through Jan. 2 for furlough and holidays.

Noozhawk staff writer Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.


Maestro, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >