Preparation is key to holiday travel bliss, according to Alaska Airlines
Nov 15, 2012 (Menafn - AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) --US carrier Alaska Airlines ALK said it is offering tips for passengers to help ensure their travel is as stress-free as possible during the busy holiday season. Most involve planning ahead and being prepared.
Technology can help with this. Alaska said that passengers can check in and pay baggage fees online for domestic and international flights up to 24 hours before departure at the airline's website. International passengers can also enter passport information online.
Alaska Airlines provides kiosks at airports and many off-site locations, which allow customers to check in and pay baggage fees. Alaska also has a new mobile website and mobile apps that allow customers to check in, display an electronic boarding pass and keep track of flight information all via a smart phone.
The airline said that passengers should allow extra time for parking, as some lots may be full. Travelers are encouraged to take public transportation or a shuttle to the airport, or park at a nearby satellite lot. Passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic departures and three hours before international departures to allow additional time to check in and pass through security.
Specific information for each airport is available at www.alaskaair.com.
Travelers are also advised to allow additional time for passenger security screening procedures. The Transportation Security Administration requires all passengers to present government-issued identification at the security checkpoint.
Passengers traveling between the United States, Canada and Mexico are required to have a passport. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website at www. travel.state.gov.
Travelers can pass through security faster by limiting the number of electronic devices they carry and by removing shoes, metal objects and laptop computers before entering the screening area. The TSA has strict rules for liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on bags. More information, including a list of prohibited items and tips for expediting the screening process, is available at www.tsa.gov.
Learn more about Alaska Airlines' "Top Five Tips for Holiday Travel" at http://www.youtube.com/user/AlaskaAirVids.
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