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Fairbanks International Airport shares TSA’s Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Travel

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 5:06 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -For those looking to travel for the holiday season, Fairbanks International Airport would like to share their COVID-19 travel guidelines in the TSA’s “Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Travel”. The airport’s Communications & Marketing Manager, Melissa Stepovich gave us an overview what safety measures families can expect, and what additional requirements to be aware of to ensure all travelers’ safety when taking to the skies this year.

She began by saying, “The airport is a very clean environment, a very sanitized environment. We’ve obviously stepped up our cleaning measures and our standards are as high as they can be. We installed touchless machines in all of our restrooms, just making sure families are safe traveling.”

Whether it’s electronics or other larger items, it is recommended to refrain from wrapping gifts until after arriving at a travel destination, as any item requiring additional inspection could mean the item must be unwrapped.

“Everybody should be contacting their carrier as far as what their requirements are for travel. Its very important to know what that is prior to travel, and a lot of the airlines actually have very well laid out instructions on their website,” said Stepovich.

Pretravel testing may be required depending on destination. Non-residents traveling to Alaska must either complete a pre travel test within 72 hours of departure, or test upon arrival in Alaska for $250.

“It’s important that people are very familiar with their air carrier, what their rules and regulations are for travel during this time -- and it also may involve coming to the airport a little bit sooner prior to their departure,” said Stepovich.

It is highly recommended to bring hand sanitizer along with you while traveling. The TSA is allowing up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer to be stored in carry-on luggage.

Stepovich highly recommends travelers become familiar with TSA regulations before traveling: “Check the TSA Website to make sure that you’re familiar with what can be brought through security and what cannot, [and] what can be packed.”

More information is available at www.TSA.gov. For information about returning to Alaska, visit www.AlaskaSafeTravels.com.

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