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Yes it is. It isnt the best design. Tough to work with for sure.
It is possible to remove it by wrestling it out, pushing it towards the throttle body while lifting it. It is easier to loosen the screw clamp that holds the large air tube to the throttle body. there is a large and a small breather hooked to the tube midway that also need to be pulled off. Once the large tube is off of the throttle and the air cleaner the lid comes right off.
I know, its like step 1, remove air filter. Step 2 installed new filter.....
It is the hardest Honda filter to change. After 20-30 of them I have to touch. If you kind on accordion the tube toward the throttle it will clear the fender trim.
Make sure hen you are finished that the 2 breather hose are attached. We see a lot of Accords come in with the check engine light on after Jiffy Lube or someone replaced the filter and left then off.