Moving Ahead, Winter Edition 2013

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TIP 1 Overwhelmingly the most important tip is to get here early! So many times people think because Medford is a smaller community, they can easily arrive 30-40 minutes before their departing flight and make it onboard the aircraft. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Flight schedules vary and there can be 7-8 departing flights within a short time, especially in the early mornings. That may not sound like very many but, for an airport our size, the air carriers utilize their staff to multi-task, meaning the same person can be used in a variety of areas including the ticket counter, the gate area and then out to the ramp to help load passengers’ bags. So, if you’re cutting your arrival to the airport short, there may not be a ticket agent at the counter to get you processed because they’ve closed the counter and have already moved to the gate area to begin the boarding process. Make it easy on yourself. Allow an hour and a half minimum to arrive at the airport before your scheduled


By Kim Stearns, Rogue Valley International — Medford Airport

departure and use any extra time to catch up on your reading or emails. TIP 2 Remember to pack your carry-on bags appropriately in regards to the amount of liquids you can bring and how they should be packed. The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) 3-1-1 rule still applies: three ounces or less, in a one quart-sized, clear plastic zip-top bag; and one bag per passenger. TSA has a great app for your smart phone or tablet called My TSA. It’s easy to download and very user friendly. This app allows you to type in an item to determine if it’s allowed in your carry-on. Once downloaded just click on an icon on the bottom of the home page labeled, ‘Can I Bring.’ Type in a search word like ‘peanut butter’ and applicable information will pop up. TIP 3 Wear socks. This way when you have to take your shoes off during screening you’re not walking barefoot where a million feet have trod.

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