TSA Issues Mail Waiver for Adak

Jacob Resneck, KMXT – Kodiak

The mail is again flowing to the island community of Adak after an apparent dispute between Alaska Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration caused the airline to suspend carrying larger parcels on its passenger flights.

In most cases parcels have been rerouted on other airlines. But Adak’s only scheduled connection is a twice-weekly Alaska Airlines flights that is subsidized by the federal government.

People in Adak were informed April 1st that priority parcels greater than 16 ounces could no longer be delivered; this was a concern as prescription medication is often shipped priority and alternatives are more expensive.

U.S. Senators. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich intervened last week.

Murkowski that Alaska Airlines has been out of compliance with a new TSA requirement.

Both senators say they have been given assurances that a temporary waiver for Adak has been issued.

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