As part of the Bypass program, the U.S. Postal Service subsidizes the cost of shipping freight, including groceries and other household goods, to remote parts of Alaska.
The sun does not start to set until about 10 p.m. in Alaska in May, as seen from the Northern Air Cargo landing strip in Anchorage. NAC is one of five mainline airlines that are allowed to carry freight under the Alaska Bypass mail program to hubs across the state. The Bypass program was established by former senator Ted Stevens (R) in the early 1980s. It requires the U.S. Postal Service to subsidize the cost of shipping freight, including groceries and other household goods, to rural villages in Alaska’s bush.Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post
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