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Sea-Tac Traveler Updates

Sea-Tac Airport is as busy as ever

Allow extra time to navigate through the process of getting to your gate

Sea-Tac Airport is experiencing unprecedented passenger growth. We are working closely with our service partners at TSA to ensure a safe, seamless travel experience for all passengers while meeting TSA’s requirement to ensure safety for the flying public.

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.
  • Peak hours can mean TSA checkpoints may be longer, so please plan accordingly.
  • 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.
  • Thursday and Fridays are the busiest days during the week.
  • 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.

Additional Help to Ease Long Lines This Summer at TSA Checkpoints

Ninety temporary private contractors will allow TSA to deploy more staff to checkpoint screening 

The Port of Seattle Commission took action today to speed up TSA (Transportation Security Administration) checkpoint lines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport by hiring temporary private contractors for the summer travel season. The additional contractors will assist passengers so more TSA staff can work screening lanes. Read more here

Runway closure at Sea-Tac begins April 1: Upgrade work scheduled for 45 days - first of two projects.

The Port of Seattle will be closing the longest runway (designated 16L/34R) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on April 1 for an estimated 45 days for several upgrades. The closure is for the easternmost runway closest to the terminal, one of two closures planned over the next several months. The temporary closures are not expected to have major impact on flight schedules, passenger traffic, or airport operation. Read more here.


Sea-Tac Welcomes First New Domestic Airline Since 2008 with Inaugural Flight of Ultra-Low Fare Spirit Airlines: Twice-daily service to Los Angeles started tonight, Las Vegas service begins April 14.

Read more here.

Pilot Program for Transportation Network Companies to Add New Transportation Choices While Protecting Environmental Priorities

Activation ready to Start March 31 with signed agreements. Read more here
Sea-Tac wins top U.S. Airport in 40-50 million passenger category and “Best Airport Staff in North America” awards
Skytrax World Airport Awards cites Sea-Tac’s customer service excellence. Read more here.
TSA will accept Washington State licenses for two more years
Washington state residents will have until January 2018 to use their standard driver’s licenses to get through TSA airport security checkpoints before the ID is no longer compliant with federal standards. The two-year extension is meant to give states a final chance to meet REAL ID rules. Read the details here.

Skybridge closure

Beginning January 6, 2016 Skybridge #6, the northern-most pedestrian bridge from the parking garage to the terminals, will be closed. This skybridge is the first one as you enter the parking garage and is at the end of the airport where Alaska flights arrive and depart. The renovation is part of a Sea-Tac Airport escalator modernization project that will increase energy efficiency and better serve travelers. See a map here.

Sea-Tac Airport Successfully Renews Carbon Recertification through Independent World-Wide Program

Sea-Tac was the first North American airport to attain carbon certification in 2014

For the second year in a row, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has been certified as one of the world’s top airports in managing and reducing CO2 emissions by the Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program. Last year, Sea-Tac was the first airport in North America to achieve the accreditation and is joined by nine other airports this year. Read more 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.