The pandemic continues to reinvent services in the travel industry. Today, Alaska Airlines announced new touch-free options for its guests and employees.
With hygiene and safety concerns top of mind, Alaska Airlines passengers now can pre-order meals and purchase food and beverages onboard using a stored credit card (pending return of food and beverage for purchase in the main cabin).
They can print bag tags without having to touch check-in kiosks.
Alaska Airlines’ agents can scan boarding passes up to six feet away while boarding.
Passengers can receive a text message instead of a printed boarding pass if they don’t already have the Alaska Airlines mobile app and they can get an emailed receipt for baggage instead of the printed receipt.
The Alaska Airlines mobile app is still the single best tool to limit contact while traveling. The Android and iPhone app allows guests to check-in for their flight, generate a mobile boarding pass, change seats and prepay for bags. Guests can also stay up to date on their flight status, gate changes, and boarding notifications.
“These advancements help make the travel experience easy and almost entirely touch-free for our guests and are just part of the many ways we’re keeping our guests and employees safe during this time,” said Charu Jain, senior vice president of merchandising and innovation.
Recently, Alaska implemented nearly 100 actions to keep guests and employees safe. Flyers must always wear a cloth mask or face covering when at the airport or onboard Alaska aircraft and complete a health agreement at check-in to acknowledge and attest to their willingness to adhere to the mask requirement. Other layers of safety include: EO Essential Oils alcohol-based, relaxing French lavender-scented sanitizing wipes available on all Alaska and Horizon Air flights; enhanced cleaning between every flight; hospital-grade HEPA air filters; an air filtration system that circulates fresh, outside air into the cabin every three minutes; limited onboard service to reduce interactions; hand-sanitizing stations throughout the journey and more. The actions are all part of Alaska’s commitment to Next-Level Care.
Alaska Airlines and its regional partners serve more than 115 destinations across the United States and North America, providing essential air service for our guests along with moving crucial cargo shipments, such as food, medicine, mail and e-commerce deliveries. With hubs in Seattle; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon; and Anchorage, Alaska, the airline is known for low fares, award-winning customer service and sustainability efforts.