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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2014
No.: 14-2570
Anchorage International Airport: Trudy Wassel , (907) 266-2119,
Fairbanks International Airport: Angie Spear, (907) 474-2500,

Holiday Travel Tips from Alaska's International Airports

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) –In anticipation of one of the most heavily traveled times of year, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) offers the following tips to help passengers traveling through Anchorage (ANC) and Fairbanks (FAI) International Airports prepare for a safe and enjoyable journey. 

  • Check flight status — Before you leave for the airport, check flight status or sign up for flight alerts.

  • Show up early — It is recommended that you arrive at the airport two hours prior to scheduled departure. The airports have restaurants, shops and art displays that you can enjoy before you board your flight.

  • Wrap gifts after you arrive — Do not wrap gifts and packages as items may need to be unwrapped for screening. Become familiar with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) advice on traveling with food or gifts.

  • Check whether your airline carrier accepts mobile boarding passes — If so, you can save time by using your smartphone or mobile device to show your boarding pass and check-in.

  • Be prepared for security procedures — The TSA has specific rules for carrying liquids and gels in carry-on luggage, in addition to procedures related to electronics. Become familiar with their procedures and prohibited items by checking the TSA website.

  • Check out the free cellphone lot in Anchorage — If you’re picking up passengers at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, a convenient place to wait for arriving flights is the cellphone lot located two minutes from the South Terminal. (Directions to ANC Cellphone Lot)

“We wish everyone a happy holiday season and hope these tips help make travel more relaxing and enjoyable as passengers transit Alaska's international airports,” said John Binder, ADOT&PF deputy commissioner.

More information about ANC airport services is available at More information about FAI services is available at

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 10 ferries serving 33 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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