No delays reported due to baggage checks at major Alaska airports

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- No major delays were reported at Alaska's two largest international airports Friday, when a federal law requiring increased baggage screening took effect.

Under the new law, airlines are required to check all bags for explosives or link luggage to passengers who actually board planes.

Alaska Airlines spokesman Jack Walsh said the changes had caused no disruptions systemwide, ''just a few very minor delays -- nothing of significance.''

At Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, some travelers apparently anticipated long delays and arrived early, causing an initial back up at the security gate, airport workers said. But travelers were reporting no delays by midmorning.

Airport director Mort Plumb said that for the most part, business was running smoothly, despite the new rules.

No problems were reported at Fairbanks International Airport, according to assistant airport manager Jim Fiorenzi.

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