Alaska Airlines resumes flights with new smoke protocols

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines says it has resumed flights in and out of Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington with new wildfire smoke protocols. Airline officials halted flights in those and some smaller airports in both states because of wildfires in the West that have been creating thick smoke and haze. Alaska says they decided to temporarily halt their operations to keep employees and guests safe. The airline is currently operating a reduced schedule, canceling at least 20 afternoon and evening flights through PDX. Officials say the new safety protocol directs employees to work a reduced number of hours outside when there’s poor air quality.