Alaska Air Cargo Announces Important Update for Security Screening of Seafood Shipments
SEATTLE - Alaska Air Cargo on Feb. 2 announced it has implemented procedural
changes to meet Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements for
the screening of seafood.
The following changes to seafood shipments will go into effect on Feb. 15,
2010, for freight that is not pre-screened by shippers in the TSA's Certified
Cargo Screening Program (CCSP):
· Tender times will increase to four hours prior to departure for all
flights to allow additional screening time;
· Security screening surcharges will increase to $0.04 a pound and will
be subject to a
· $2 minimum charge per shipment; and
· Seafood boxes requiring security screening must be free from exterior
moisture to ensure accurate testing. Wet boxes and containers that
have not been pre-screened may be rejected.
Seafood shippers already certified in CCSP will be exempt from the security
screening surcharge for pre-screened shipments. In addition, the tender time
for CCSP-certified shipments will remain two hours prior to departure. The
tender time of four hours prior to departure for freighter shipments also will
remain the same.
"We strongly encourage all seafood shippers to consider joining the TSA's
Certified Cargo Screening Program," said Joe Sprague, Alaska Air Cargo's vice
president. "Receiving certified pre-screened freight is the best way to ensure
the most efficient and highest quality shipment of seafood products to market."
To learn more about the TSA's Certified Cargo Screening Program, visit
www.tsa.gov/ccsp or contact TSA representative Marilyn Christiansen at (907)
Alaska Air Cargo operates the most extensive air cargo operation on the U.S.
West Coast of any passenger airline. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air,
subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90
cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and
Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among
Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 and 2009
North America Airline Satisfaction StudiesSM. For reservations, visit
alaskaair.com or alaskacargo.com. For more news and information, visit the
Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.