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Hawaii apologizes to tourists booted from airport
Hawaii apologizes to tourists kicked out of airport into stormy weather by security guard
By The Associated Press

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) ' Hawaii officials say they're embarrassed by how stranded tourists were treated when a security guard at a Kauai airport kicked them out into a storm.

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz says he called an elderly couple from Littleton, Colo., Thursday to apologize. He says the treatment they experienced Tuesday goes against Hawaii's aloha spirit. He's trying to reach others, who officials say includes a pregnant woman and disabled man.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Daniel Meisenzahl says when heavy rains canceled some flights about 20 passengers were stuck at the Lihue airport with nowhere else to go. The small airport is normally closed after 10 p.m., and a security guard kicked them out.

About 10 of them spent the night at a shelter.

The guard has since been reassigned.

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