Alaska Airlines launched the first phase of an $18 million check-in facility dubbed the Airport of the Future at Seattle-Tacoma International. The system, shared with Horizon Air, replaces traditional ticket counters with a series of kiosks and bag check stations designed to reduce customer wait times. The first of three check-in "islands" features 11 kiosks and 16 bag check stations. Remaining islands will enter service by mid-2008. Alaska first introduced the concept in 2004 in Anchorage ...

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