Veteran lawman is security
head at isle airport

By Russ Lynch

A veteran county, state and police officer, Sidney A. Hayakawa, was named yesterday the first federal security director for Honolulu Airport.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Hayakawa will take up the new office after a couple of weeks of specialized training.

The national Transportation Security Administration, formed to oversee airport security after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said Hayakawa and the security directors appointed for other airports will be the representatives "on the front lines in the war on terrorism." In February, the TSA took over responsibility for airport screening, which previously was the responsibility of the airlines.

Hayakawa recently left the post of deputy director for law enforcement in the state Department of Public Safety, a post to which he was appointed by Gov. Ben Cayetano in early 1999. His work for the state included oversight of law enforcement and security services at Honolulu Airport.

Before that, he served nearly 30 years in posts at the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, including agent in charge of the Hawaii district. He started his law enforcement career as a Honolulu police officer.

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