TSA advises travelers departing Sitka 'be prepared' due to tight daily flight schedules

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - The Transportation Security Administration is alerting travelers departing Sitka airport to arrive early and be prepared.

    There are currently three flights scheduled to depart Sitka between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. daily. Because every traveler must go through the security checkpoint and all carry-on and checked luggage must be screened, operations are very busy in the early hours of the day.

    "When there are a concentrated number of flight departures over a short period of time, there will be intervals when the number of departing travelers exceeds the capacity of the TSA security checkpoint," said TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers. "This is why TSA is asking travelers arrive early and prepared to allow for completion of every step of the travel process. The security checkpoint is open no later than 4:30 a.m. daily."

    To help prepare travelers, TSA advises that travelers consider checking their luggage, and know what can and cannot go in a carry-on bag, from knives to oversize liquids. Prohibited items result in bag checks and checkpoint delays.

    Travelers, or families of passengers with disabilities and/or medical conditions, can call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 855-787-2227 at least 72 hours prior to flying with any questions about screening policies.

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