EGLIN AFB — The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) debuted a third Transportation Security Administration checkpoint lane Tuesday, which is intended to alleviate congestion at security checkpoints during busy moments at the airport.

“This additional lane will significantly reduce passenger wait times and increase passenger" movement through screening, Okaloosa County Airports Director Tracy Stage said.

A Tuesday afternoon ribbon cutting marked the official opening of the new lane. TSA officers, airport staff and TSA Assistant Federal Security Director Eric Fisher celebrated the newly built checkpoint built by Cathey Construction, which has an office in Mexico Beach.

The third security checkpoint lane is a TSA Pre Check lane which, during peak passenger times, will be converted to a standard expedited lane, according to a news release. TSA Pre Check is an expedited screening process for known, low-risk travelers.

VPS has experienced a 44 percent passenger increase in the past two years, according to Stage. The airport is currently working on a Master Plan to update aspects of the airport such as parking and terminal facilities.

“Our team is thrilled about our growth to 27 non-stop destinations and the economic impacts that every passenger brings,” Stage said.