Airport gears up
for holiday rush
Here are some airport tips
for high season travelers:
- Be at the airport no later than 90
minutes prior to departure.
- Passengers are asked to conduct
farewells before entering the terminal.
- Gifts should not be wrapped before
flying. Security personnel may have to open them at the checkpoint.
- "Pack Smart" . . . Be sure to luggage
does not contain any restricted items. A list can be found at
- "Dress the Part" . . . Avoiding
clothing and accessories that may set off metal detection equipment will speed
the security screening.
- If inclement weather is imminent, air
carriers recommend calling three hours in advance of departure. Alternative
transportation may require an earlier departure from the airport.
- Passengers are limited to one carry-on
item and one personal item such as a lap top computer or a handbag.
By MATT FURBER
Express Staff Writer
Beginning Dec. 14, Friedman Memorial
Airport will be hosting early morning flights that promise a challenge for
airport managers. At 7 a.m. each morning through the winter months a maximum of
100 passengers will be filling the terminal at the Hailey airport.
"We hope people will show up on time, not
five minutes before trying to wrap presents," said Transportation Security
Administration Supervisor Charlie Riemann.
The early morning terminal pressure is new
at the airport, and managers want passengers to be prepared. Two new flights are
scheduled. One aircraft with a 60-passenger capacity will serve the new
Hailey-Oakland flight offered by Horizon Air. The second plane is a Sky West
departure for Salt Lake City with space for 40 passengers.
Airport officials are hoping to mitigate
the impact of having 100 people in the terminal at the same time by asking
passengers to be at the airport no later than 90 minutes prior to scheduled
Security clearance is the juggernaut at
the airport for all flights, said airport manager Rick Baird. But two
simultaneous flights and the early hour could exacerbate the challenge of
getting the flights off on time.
Passengers are asked to say goodbye to
friends and family before entering the terminal to help cut down on the crowding
Airport managers also ask that travelers
come prepared for the rush by dressing with clothing that is least likely to
trigger security screening equipment.
The airlines recommend that passengers
wait to wrap gifts after arriving at a final destination. Also, to reduce
luggage while traveling it is recommended that travelers send packages and gifts
ahead of time.
All electronic items are subject to
additional X-ray screening. Travelers should be prepared to show
government-issued photo identification along with a boarding document showing
the proper date to enter the secured area beyond the screening checkpoint.
The process will be repeated at noon daily
at Friedman when three aircraft are scheduled to depart between 11:55 a.m. and
12:30 p.m. One Horizon flight will be headed to Los Angeles and two Sky West
aircraft will be bound for Salt Lake City.