Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air Offer Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips
In anticipation of the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air offer these tips for stress-free travel:
•Check in online. Alaska and Horizon passengers can check in online for domestic and international flights up to 24 hours before departure at alaskaair.com or horizonair.com. International passengers also can enter passport information online. Passengers should leave ample time to check any luggage at the airport. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members earn 1,000 miles the first time they check in online.
•Know the carry-on limits. All airlines allow one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a briefcase, laptop or purse. Size limitations for carry-on items are available at alaskaair.com. Horizon’s planeside Ala Cart service allows slightly larger carry-on items. Customers using this service planning to transfer to flights on Alaska or other carriers must adhere to standard carry-on limits. Customers using the Ala Cart service should keep valuables with them on the aircraft.
•Be familiar with rules for liquids. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has strict rules for packing liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on bags. Each passenger is permitted to bring these items in three-ounce or smaller containers, and all containers must be packed in one quart-sized, clear plastic zip-top bag. The TSA requires each passenger to place this bag in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. Full TSA rules are available at tsa.gov.
•Carry on valuables, fragile items and medication. Passengers should carry prescription medications, passports, cameras, film, electronics, cash, jewelry, business papers and other valuables in carry-on luggage to keep control of these items. TSA rules permit prescription medications through security checkpoints and require them to be declared.
•Leave gifts unwrapped. Wrapped packages are subject to inspection regardless of whether passengers carry them through security or in checked luggage.
•Properly label all luggage. Passengers should provide a clearly printed label on the outside and inside of each piece of luggage. Tags should include name, address, e-mail address, permanent phone number and a phone number at the passenger’s destination.
•Know the rules for large or unusual items. Passengers with excess luggage, pets or oversized items, such as skis, should check their airline’s policies ahead of time.
•Know when to go. In general, passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic departures and three hours before international departures. Specific information for each airport is available at alaskaair.com. Passengers must be at the gate, checked in and ready to board at least 30 minutes prior to domestic departures, or 40 minutes before international departures.
•Prepare for the security line. Passengers should avoid bringing TSA-prohibited items through the security line. A list of prohibited items is available at tsa.gov. Passengers can pass through security more quickly by limiting the number of electronic devices they carry and by removing shoes, metal objects and laptop computers before entering the screening area.
•Check in at the Alaska Airlines Airport of the Future facility in Seattle. Alaska Airlines customers checking in for flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are encouraged to use the airline’s new Airport of the Future check-in facility. Located to the right of the traditional ticket counter, the facility allows customers to print boarding passes at check-in kiosks and check bags at 16 bag-check points. Customers with questions about how the new facility works can ask Alaska Airlines’ Lobby Coordinators, who wear red vests or jackets, for assistance.
•Use a check-in kiosk. Alaska and Horizon provide more than 400 convenient check-in kiosks at airports and many off-site locations. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members earn 1,000 Mileage Plan miles the first time they check in at a kiosk.
•Take the express line. MVP Gold Mileage Plan members can use express lines at security checkpoints in Seattle; Spokane, Wash.; Anchorage, Alaska; and Portland, Ore. Express lines also are available for Horizon Shuttle passengers traveling between Seattle and Portland.
•Plan for transportation to the airport. Passengers should allow extra time for parking as some lots may be full. Passengers are encouraged to take a shuttle to the airport or park at a satellite parking lot nearby.
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