Spokane International Airport

Holiday Season Travel Tips

 

 

 

In looking ahead towards the days leading us to the holiday, we can imagine travelers and those picking up loved ones, may have questions regarding flight status. Inclement weather in Spokane or in another city can cause flight delays.  Plesae visit our flight status page for real-time flight information, which has been optimized for mobile devices as well.

In addition, visit our web site or call the toll free number of airline you are traveling for flight information. The airlines serving Spokane can be reached at the following:

 
 

 

 

 

www.alaskaair.com

 

 

 800-426-0333

 

 

 

 

www.aa.com

 

 

 800-433-7300

 

 

 

 

www.delta.com

 

 

 800-221-1212

 

 

 

 

www.flyfrontier.com

 

 

 801-401-9000

 

 

 

 

www.southwest.com

 

 

 800-435-9792

 

 

 

 

www.united.com

 

 

 800-864-8331

 


 

During the upcoming holiday travel season we offer the following travel tips:

Travel Advisory. For inbound interstate travelers to Spokane International Airport, please check the Washington state travel advisory for travel-related announcements.

Likewise, for outbound travelers, prior to departure, we encourage you to check with the State of your destination for any travel advisories as well.

Face Coverings. Per Washington State Department of Health Order 20-03, which took effect on Friday, June 26th, it is mandatory to wear facial coverings when inside the terminal and other airport public areas. Additionally, all airlines serving Spokane International Airport have their own facial covering policies when in their ticket counter and gate areas, as well as on board the airplane. Check with your airline for additional details on their policy ahead of your flight.

Allow Extra Time. We encourage passengers to arrive at the Airport a minimum of 90 minutes prior to your flight’s boarding time to allow time to park and transit to the terminal, check luggage, and accommodate for the additional physical distancing and safety protocols implemented by the TSA at the security screening checkpoint. 

Most airlines recommend arriving two hours prior to departure. Please remember, most flights begin boarding more than 30 – 40 minutes prior to departure.

Travelers should review TSA’s website prior to leaving their home to familiarize themselves of screening process, prohibited items, and special circumstances.  Security protocols regarding carry-on bags require all electronics larger than a cell phone (e.g., tablets, notebook, cameras, etc.) placed in bins for x-ray screening when going through the security checkpoint. The electronics should be placed in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for several years.

Remember the TSA's Liquid's Rule: You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process.

Note: TSA is currently allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 oz in their carry-on bags. Allow time for these larger containers to be screened separately. Other liquids, gels and aerosols are still limited to 3.4 oz.

Pack items larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage. Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.   For more information, please visit: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule.

Check I.D. to make sure it is not expiring while traveling, etc. Your Washington driver’s license is still valid for air travel. Your regular Washington driver’s license is still valid for air travel through September 30, 2021.

Do not include wrapped packages in checked or carry-on luggage.  Security measures will require the examination of these items. 

If you are picking up family members, we would encourage you to park in our Cell Phone Waiting Lot, which is cost-free, and have your party text or call you once they have landed and collected their luggage.  This will help expedite the process and lessen curbside congestion. Again, monitor current flight status on our website from your smart phone. 

Motorists can drop off and pick up travelers curbside, however, we ask that drivers stay with their vehicle and not dwell at the curb.

Go through both the ticket counter and passenger checkpoint lines as soon as possible. 

Tag Every Bag.  Tag every piece of luggage with your name and address.  Include additional addresses inside each bag in the event the outside tag falls off.

Limit Carry-Ons.   The FAA has restricted travelers’ carry-on luggage to one bag, plus a personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop computer. 

Traveling With Children.  At ticketing, if they are under the age of 12 and are planning to travel unaccompanied OR if your child is two years of age or younger and you are planning to have them travel on your lap or unticketed, you need to provide proof of age. A birth certificate is an acceptable proof of age.