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Changes underway at Bahrain Passenger Terminal to cut wait time

Staff members Gerson Fernandes, Prem Kandoth, Nepolian Punniamoorthy, Bobby Henry and Nicalas Fernandez, stand at the passenger check-in counter at the Bahrain Passenger Terminal. Commander, Task Force 53 and other Naval entities are currently making improvements to make passengers' experience at the terminal more comfortable.

COURTESY U.S. NAVY

By CHRIS CHURCH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 21, 2016

MANAMA, Bahrain — Servicemembers, their dependents and DOD personnel at the Bahrain Passenger Terminal should experience shorter and cooler waits thanks to changes now underway, officials say.

To help cut down on waiting time for arriving passengers, two Bahraini immigration officers are now working every rotator flight instead of one, said George Cokley, the deputy air logistics officer for Commander Task Force 53.

Normally one rotator a week flies into Bahrain with an average of 100 passengers, Cokley said.

One major change allows passengers to go through immigration before collecting their luggage, instead of having to drag it through immigration and customs, Cokley said. The baggage will have already cleared customs as well.

To make the wait for all passengers more comfortable, a waitingroom will be outfitted with air conditioning, vending machines and other amenities, such as a family room and improved wireless Internet, Cokley said. The work is to be done by CTF 53 along with the Public Works Department for Naval Support Activity Bahrain and Morale Welfare and Recreation.

More changes are under discussion, Cokley said.

Bahrain is home to US 5th Fleet, which is responsible for an area of some 2.5 million square miles, including the conflict-prone Persian Gulf.

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