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DOT Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones from Airplanes

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. The ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET (9 a.m. PST). Read details here.


Port of Seattle welcomes Xiamen Airlines' inaugural flight to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

New nonstop service to Shenzhen, China is Xiamen’s first entry into U.S. market

On Sept 26, the Port of Seattle welcomed the first flight of Xiamen Airlines from Shenzhen, China to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with a grand celebration. The service marks the first U.S. nonstop destination for Xiamen. Today’s announcement marks Sea-Tac Airport’s 15th new international destination in the past 10 years. Read the story.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to offer more transportation options through pioneering new ond-Demand taxi/flat-rate for-hire contract

Eastside for hire begins taxi and for-hire service October 1

The Port of Seattle signed a pioneering new contract for on-demand taxi/for-hire service that will provide more options for travelers and greater equity for more drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Eastside For Hire, a minority owned business, will take over providing taxi/for-hire options for travelers while maintaining and improving the environmental standards required by the Port. Read the press release

Port of Seattle Reveals final design images for North Satellite modernization project

Ground breaking 1Q 2017, two phases scheduled to open in 2019 and 2021

Read the news release here and view images and animations below:

Exterior rendering of modernized north satellite
Conceptual drawings (click to enlarge). View the complete photo gallery of North Satellite images.

Animated versions of a modernized North Satellite: Click to view animated videos of the exterior and interior.

Sea-Tac Airport at 31 straight months of record passenger totals and counting

10% second quarter growth

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport appears to be as popular as a summer sunny day or coffee in the Pacific Northwest as passenger totals for the second quarter continue to break records.  The Port of Seattle reports for the second quarter of 2016, nearly 12 million passengers traveled through Sea-Tac. Passenger totals have now increased each month for the past 31 straight months (since November 2013). Passenger traffic is up 10 percent for 2016 compared to 2015. Read the story here.

Insider tips and tricks

The following insider info and tips will help expedite your next trip through Sea-Tac Airport:
  • Arrive Early! Travelers are encouraged to arrive a minimum of two hours before domestic and three hours for international flights – give yourself time to park, check-in and get through security. Additionally, if you’re checking bags, add some extra time on top of it. It’s always better to be early.
  • The busiest times at TSA checkpoints typically are between 5 -11 a.m., while increased flights during the evening create another busy period between 7 - 9 p.m. The days of sleepy evening hours is no longer the reality at Sea-Tac.
  • Peak hours may mean TSA checkpoints are longer, so please plan accordingly and arrive with plenty of lead time. 
  • Thursday and Fridays are the busiest days during the week while Tuesday and Wednesday are least traveled.
  • Pack Safe: know before you travel what items are and aren’t allowed in carry-ons and checked bags.
  • Print boarding passes ahead of time or use self-serve kiosks at ticketing.
  • Travelers can reach their gates from any TSA security checkpoint. The central checkpoint is open 24/7.
  • Empty liquids before you get into TSA lines.
  • At security checkpoints, have your boarding pass and ID ready and remove laptops from their bags ahead of time.
  • Sign up for Trusted Traveler programs such as Pre-Check or Global Entry. These programs allow approved travelers to take specific designated lines for quicker service through checkpoints. Clear is another option that uses biometric technology to bypass the ID check station.  

Sea-Tac Airport becomes first in the U.S. to achieve Salmon-Safe Certification


Salmon-Safe recognizes Port of Seattle’s work to protect Puget Sound water quality and salmon habitat; Sea-Tac becomes the first U.S. airport to achieve Salmon-Safe certification. Read all about it here.


Port of Seattle fuels economy with millions of pounds of cherries shipped through Sea-Tac Airport


Have you ever wondered how many cherries fit into a 747? Air freighter flights double in June and July as “cherry season” goes into full bloom. Read the story here.

Art in Hand!

See the public art collection at Sea-Tac via mobile app

The art of discovery is now in your hands and online at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport! The Port of Seattle is introducing a mobile app for travelers to discover and explore the entire public art collection of the airport. Read more here.

Bicycle Amenities at Sea-Tac

We make it easy to ride to Sea-Tac Airport, park, and disassemble or assemble your bike. Our bicycle assembly station, with tools and bike pump, provides a place to disassemble or assemble your bike before or after a flight.


The station is located across from Ken’s Baggage and Frozen Foods, baggage claim level, between carousels 12 and 13. Ken’s offers bicycle boxes for sale. Contact your airline about fees for checking your bike on a flight. Click here for more information.​