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TSA prepares for a busy summer air travel season in Alaska

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: June 14
  • Published June 14

People wait in line at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening checkpoint at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Monday, June 14, 2021. (Bill Roth / ADN)

The Transportation Security Administration is expecting a busy summer air travel season in Alaska.

“Anchorage has recovered to about 90% of its passenger volume in the past seven days, compared to the record year in 2019,” said TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers during a press conference in a busy Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Monday. “That’s pretty significant as you’re going into peak summer travel season.”

Lorie Dankers, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson for Alaska, speaks during a press conference at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Monday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

New technologies are in use at the TSA screening checkpoint at the airport to help improve efficiency. A new Credential Authentication Technology is used to verify the authenticity of credentials and confirm flight status, eliminating the need to show a boarding pass to the Transportation Security Officer.

TSA also installed a computed tomography scanner to screen travelers’ carry-on luggage. The new technology generates a 3-D image of the contents of the bag, giving officers a better view and ultimately reducing the number of bag checks required.

Due to the recovery in air travel, the TSA is looking to fill 80 positions at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The TSA is hosting a two-day recruitment event at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa on Tuesday-Wednesday, June 15-16.

On Sunday, TSA screened more than 2 million travelers at airports nationwide, a pandemic record.

Transportation Security Officers Daylon Brown, left, and Jacob Cachola operate a computed tomography (CT) scanner while screening travelers' carry-on luggage at the TSA security screening in the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Monday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Prohibited items recently found in carry-on luggage at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening checkpoint in Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on display on Monday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
People wait in line at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening checkpoint at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Monday, June 14, 2021. The TSA is expecting a busy summer air travel season in Alaska. (Bill Roth / ADN)


Transportation Security Officer Fred Kring, scans a travelers photo identification with a new Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) to verify the authenticity of the credential and confirm flight status at the TSA security screening in the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. (Bill Roth / ADN)



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