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January 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Brrrr! Share your stopped-by-the-deep-freeze travel tale

A traveler takes a nap in Boston's Logan International Airport after his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled Monday. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

A traveler naps in Boston’s airport after his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled Monday. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

The good news for Seattle travelers: So far, local carrier Alaska Airlines has no flight cancellations Monday or Tuesday because of the deep freeze in other parts of the nation. Alaska even expects to make it in and out of Minneapolis, despite a forecast Monday high of 14 below, with a wind chill of -50 degrees F.

But just as college students have been trying to get back to school from winter break, harsh winter weather in the Midwest — on the heels of last week’s East Coast snowstorm — has crippled air travel across the country. More than 9,000 flights have been canceled over the last four days

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June 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

How to beat the security delays at SeaTac Airport

Long airport lines can make travelers mad and sad; these passengers were stuck in a SeaTac Airport delay last year. (Ellen M. Banner photo / The Seattle Times, 2012)

Long airport lines make travelers mad and sad; these passengers were stuck in a SeaTac Airport delay last year. (Ellen M. Banner photo / The Seattle Times, 2012)

     The summer travel rush began this week at Sea-Tac Airport with security lines so long that more than 150 people have missed Alaska Airlines flights, according to an airline official.  It’s been taking as much as an hour to get through the TSA checkpoints at the airport  at some times in recent days.

Part of the problem:  One checkpoint (being re-designed to cope with the almost daily flood of cruise passengers flying home after their Alaska trips) is under construction and won’t re-open until next week. And the TSA  has been closing another checkpoint earlier over the past 1.5 months,   at 1.30 p.m. each day, said SeaTac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper.    

“We’ve let TSA know we’re very concerned at how large lines have been this week.  It’s unusual. We know it’s a busy travel season and these types of plans should be made ahead of time to get people through smoothly,” said Cooper.  SeaTac passenger numbers always increase June through August as families and college students travel and cruises out of Seattle draw thousands of passengers almost daily.

   If you’re going to Sea-Tac, here’s how to cope with the crush:

- Get to SeaTac early.  At least two hours early, even for a domestic flight, recommends the airport.  

- Remember that any of the TSA checkpoints at Sea-Tac will let you get

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