The winter season here so we want to remind our SUN passengers about this unique program, which is provided by the airlines serving SUN as a benefit to customers whose flights are affected by winter weather. They are committed to get you where you to need to go!
The program runs Nov 1 - April 15, 2019.
Delta and United (SLC,SFO,DEN,ORD) flight diversions will be to/from Twin Falls airport.
Horizon/Alaska (SEA) flight diversions will be to/from Boise airport.
Single lane checkpoints like the one we have here at SUN, a dedicated TSA Pre-check lane is not possible. Instead, what we have at SUN is a "hybrid" Pre-check set-up where Pre-check passengers get "expedited" screening.
However, the airport and TSA have continued efforts to make improvements to the screening process at SUN in light of our increased flights and passenger demand. Here at SUN, we experience a higher-than-your-average airport percentage of PreCheck travelers. Many of you have requested better accommodations as TSA PreCheck customers, the airport has some good news to report! The TSA has implemented a pilot program for preliminary level of true PreCheck operations at SUN.
Here is what you can expect this winter and next summer: In coordination with the airlines - and based on flight schedules - TSA will switch the checkpoint over to designated PreCheck passengers for 15-minute increments. The number of PreCheck passengers that move through the checkpoint vs. non-PreCheck passengers is quite amazing, and this new process should significantly help with crunch-time demand.
There are still some details to be hammered out and training to be done. Like with any new program, kinks will be ironed out along the way. All of that said, we are confident that this new process will help make the screening process better for everyone. Expect more information to come from the TSA, the airport, and Fly Sun Valley Alliance as this pilot program takes shape.
TSA TRAVEL TIPS FOR SUN AIR TRAVELERS
While TSA concentrates on aviation security, passengers can assist by coming to the airport prepared. Here are some helpful travel tips to make the security checkpoint experience at SUN go smoothly...
Arrive at SUN 2 hours prior to your flight departure time to ensure adequate time to be screened through the security checkpoint. At peak travel times, the number of departing passengers can exceed capacity. By arriving early, you will be at your gate with time to spare.
Organize your carry-on bag so electronics larger than a cell phone can be quickly and easily accessed when at the security checkpoint. All electronic devises larger than a cell phone should be placed in the bins for x-ray screening with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years.
Remove travel size liquids, gels and aerosols (3.4 oz or less) from carry-on luggage. Ensure they can be quickly and easily accessed. Any quantities larger than 3.4 ounces should be placed in checked baggage.
Dress for security screening. Simplify your experience by avoiding bulky jewelry, scarves, hair accessories and large belts since these types of items are likely to require additional screening. Remember to remove all items from your pockets and secure them in your carry-on bag.
FMAA MEETING NOTICE
The next meeting of the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority:
Tuesday, February 12, 5:30pm Old Blaine County Courthouse, Hailey
FMAA board meeting agendas and packets available HERE