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Sea-Tac still beset with delays, and Alaska Airlines fraught with canceled flights

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where Alaskans often fly en route to somewhere, is still suffering from extremely high flight delays and cancelations.

According to, Seat-Tac was second only to Denver in the number of delays and cancelations of any major airport in the world on New Year’s Eve. 148 flights in and out of Sea-Tac were canceled as of 5 p.m. on Friday, and another 179 were delayed.

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Alaska Airlines had the highest number of flights that were delayed or canceled. Eighty six flights — about one in five of all of the airline’s Sea-Tac flights — were pre-canceled on Friday and at least 16 flights in and out of Seattle were canceled on Saturday.

“We sincerely apologize for the considerable inconvenience and understandable frustration that our guests have experienced this week,” the Seattle-based airline said on its blog. “We’re using all our resources to get our guests to their destination as soon as possible, while operating safely.”

Weather and a large number of crew members infected with Covid have contributed. In addition, airline bookings over the holidays were up to nearly pre-pandemic levels.

If your flight is affected, you will be notified via email, Alaska Airlines said, and can check or change your flight online  

“We automatically reschedule canceled flights on the next best available flight(s) to your final destination. If you are unable to reschedule your flight at this time, rest assured that we will hold the value of your ticket until you are ready to travel again,” Alaska Airlines stated. It recommended that if people don’t need to travel before Jan. 2, they adjust their flights now. Even non-refundable tickets are being allowed changes through Jan. 16.

In addition, the company is not able to fly animals in the cargo holds at this time, and is not accepting unaccompanied minors, teen “no-assists” and teen “assists” into and out of Seattle through Jan. 3.

One mother wrote of her frustration on Twitter: “My 11 year old is stuck in Seattle x1 week because #alaskaairlines #seatac won’t let her on her flight today with clear skies 3rd flight she’s been denied this week after they left her plane on the tarmac for 5 hours Sunday and telling her dad she took off.”

Others reported being on hold for hours as they tried to rearrange their travel.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


    • I’m sure that Dr. Fauci-Mengele would assure you that all flights would be on time, forever, if only everyone would take the jab (whose manufacture and distribution puts millions of dollars into his corrupt pockets).

  1. Our flight home from Las Vegas was cancelled the day after Christmas. It took a full 24 hours to get a real live body on the phone to reschedule, and by then, the first flight home was yesterday. We spent an extra five days in hotels in miserable Las Vegas for no good reason other than Alaska Airlines did not plan in advance for a storm they knew was coming. They did not put more people on the reservation line, they did not put more people in the airport to reschedule anybody, they did not move airplanes to safer airports, they did nothing. They are also refusing to pay for any extra expenses, but they did send out a helpful email telling us not to stay at the airport and to check into a “cozy hotel” for the duration, for which they will not pay. Lost five full days of work this week due to their bad planning, and this was after they cancelled and rescheduled our flight out twice.

    I’m rather hoping this bankrupts those criminals. They had no problem taking my money for the trip, but they are having a hard time justifying why anybody should ever fly with them again.

  2. Some flights may have been cancelled for failing to have sufficiently diverse and “woke” flight crews. Maybe flight crews were “triggered” by the thought that people working for the oil industry were on the flight. Important stuff like that. We are talking about Seattle, after all.

  3. Apparently, Alaska Airlines CEO is more concerned about his “Woke” image then in running the airline competently! The airline has been going downhill for some time now.

    • Alaska Airlines personnel in Walla Walla has been calm and very courteous and efficient, trying to get me home to California. Walla Walla to Seattle, then Seattle SFO. They are overworked and dealing with circumstances beyond their control. Holiday time, weather, Covid, safety issues all at once are a lot to cope with.

  4. One problem they are having is they do not know how to de ice the planes. Sat almost 2 hours after boarding on the plane while they worked to de ice. We were over three hours delayed and over 4 hours in the air between Seattle to Anchorage.

  5. Lol. How stupid do you have to be to associate EVERYTHING to COVID and vaccines? Apparently, dumb enough to live in Alaska.

    • How stupid does one have to be to associate EVERYTHING to COVID and vaccines (sic)?
      Well, why not ask the KKK (Krazy Kovidian Kultists) that question? THEY are the ones doing exactly what you rightfully deride.

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