TSA, eat your heart out

Local residents of Majkin, Namu join with passengers in loading and unloading the flight this week. Photo: Hilary Hosia.

It took Air Marshall Islands an impressive 15 minutes to service Majkin, Namu Tuesday afternoon this week following a smooth landing by the Dornier — ample time for half of the village, a local agent and two village dogs to see off their loved ones heading to Majuro.

Unlike Majuro and Kwajalein airports, and airports globally that have multi-layered security systems, most outer islands here don’t even resort to fenced barriers, enabling villagers the option to assist in luggage operations and passenger boarding.

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