Healthy and Safe Holiday Travel
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska)— Whether traveling overseas or in-state, the Alaska International Airport System, Department of Health and Social Services and the Transportation Safety Administration would like to help make sure holiday travel is healthy and safe for all Alaskans.
Health Travel Tips
Pay attention to your health before traveling, be proactive, prepared and protected.
The best way to prevent the spread of the flu is to stay home if you’re sick or have flu-like symptoms.
The CDC recommends you get both H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.
Practice good hygiene while traveling
Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Wash your hands regularly to help prevent the spread of germs and illness.
Security Travel Tips
Ensure your government-issued ID and boarding pass is out and ready
Getting all travel documents together and ready before you get in line will help security officers quickly verify that you, your identification, and your boarding pass match and are valid.
A well-packed bag is easier for the x-ray machine to screen than one that is not. The more organized you are in removing your shoes, unpacking your computer, and preparing for screening, the more quickly you’ll be able to retrieve your items and be on your way to the gate!
Wear easily removable shoes and jackets
Wearing footwear that can be easily removed helps speed the process for screening. Be prepared to remove all shoes, jackets and empty pockets for screening.
New this year: Children 12 and under do not need to remove shoes for screening.
Take out liquids and laptops; do not wrap gifts prior to travel
Remember the 3-1-1 rule for liquids, gels and aerosols at the checkpoint:
3-ounce bottles or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols;
1 quart-sized, clear, plastic zip-top bag; and
1 bag per passenger placed separately in a security bin for X-ray screening.
The liquid restriction applies only to carry-on bags. Passengers can pack larger quantities of liquids and gels in checked baggage.
Be prepared to remove your laptop from its case and place it in separate bin for screening.
Use TSA Family Lanes if you or your family needs extra time or assistance
Family Lanes allow infrequent travelers, those with small children or passengers who need additional assistance to move through security at their own pace. Officers in these lanes work with passengers to screen medically necessary items like baby formula and insulin.
Keep an eye out for suspicious activity
Transportation security is a shared responsibility. The traveling public plays an important role in keeping holiday travel safe.
Travelers should report all suspicious activities or items to airport security personnel.
Remember TSA’s Secure Flight program when booking airline tickets
Secure Flight prescreens passenger name, date of birth and gender against government watch lists for domestic and international flights—making travel safer and easier by keeping known or suspected terrorists from obtaining a boarding pass.
Secure Flight helps prevent the misidentification of passengers who have names similar to individuals on government watch lists.
When booking airline tickets, use your name as it appears on the government ID you plan to use when traveling—along with your date of birth and gender. Providing this information clears 99% of travelers to print boarding passes at home.
TSA’s website: www.tsa.gov provides comprehensive information regarding all aspects of security screening.
The Alaska International Airport System (AIAS) - comprised of Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports - is home to over 30 international and domestic airlines providing passenger and cargo service throughout Alaska, the United States, Europe, and Asia. AIAS is an extraordinary economic engine; serving nearly 6 million passengers per year and accounting for 1 in 8 jobs in Anchorage and 1 in 20 jobs in Fairbanks.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of ADOT&PF is to “Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
Posted: November 30, 2011