Plan ahead for holiday air travel

The moon peeks through the clouds Sept. 2, overlooking the boat harbor from the deck of the Reluctant Fisherman Inn. Photo by Annette Potter/The Cordova Times

Here are some tips from Fairbanks International Airport bound to make holiday travel by air anywhere easier on all travelers.

  • Check Flight Statuses: Before you leave for the airport, check flight statuses or sign up for flight alerts.
  • Arrive Early: Passengers should arrive at the airport two hours prior to their scheduled departure. Many airports offer food and beverage options, from Starbucks to a full service restaurant, and other shops, that travelers can enjoy once they have cleared the passenger security checkpoint.
  • Familiarize yourself with TSA procedures: Visit TSA’s travel tips website and use the “Can I bring my…” website to check what items are allowed or not allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. Smartphone users can download the “MyTSA” app to quickly find helpful information about TSA policies and procedures.
  • In your carry-on bag: Pack liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) to ensure compliance with the 3-1-1 liquids rule. All liquids must fit in a one-quart clear bag. Passengers who violate this rule will also cause delays at the security checkpoint for themselves and everyone behind them. This rule does not apply to checked baggage.
  • At the Security Checkpoint: Remove all electronics larger than a cell phone and the 3-1-1 compliant liquids bag from carry-on baggage.
  • Gifts: Wrapped gifts are permitted in checked or carry-on baggage. However, if a wrapped gift alarms the security screening equipment, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns, it may need to be unwrapped for additional screening. Consider using a gift bag instead of traditional wrapping paper to simplify the screening process for gifts.

In addition, passengers may be asked to remove other select items from carry-on bags to help expedite the screening process. Other items such as food products may require additional screening because of how it can appear on the screening machine. Passengers will receive specific instructions from TSA officers if necessary.