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Your time while traveling is important, let us help with SEA Spot Saver. We're introducing more touchless tech with SEA Spot Saver, a new pilot program for departing passengers out of Seattle for TSA line reservations.

Experience expedited screening without the extra cost and all contact-free. That's right, a payment or membership isn't needed! Schedule your appointment for screening beforehand or when you’re at the terminal. With less wait times and more time to do all the things you need and want to do.

Reservations* and walk-in appointments are available for departing passengers daily from 4 a.m. to noon at TSA Checkpoints 2 and 5 for Alaska, Delta, and all other airline passengers!
Select your airline to start:

Alaska Airlines SEA Spot Saver

 

Delta Air Lines SEA Spot Saver

Available at TSA Checkpoint 5 Available at TSA Checkpoint 2

How it works:

  1. Select the airline you're flying with to start!
  2. Fill out your name, number of people in your party, and other information to save your spot.
  3. Once you’re at the airport, do whatever you need or want to do in the meantime. Check your bags, grab some coffee, spend more time with loved ones, or all of the above!
  4. We'll notify you when to go into your assigned checkpoint, just look for the SEA Spot Saver logo or name on our interactive map for step-by-step directions and go through screening.
What times can I use SEA Spot Saver?

SEA Spot Saver is available daily starting May 4 from 4 a.m. to noon at Checkpoint 5 and Checkpoint 2. The pilot program will run until August 31!

You can book 24 hours in advance of your scheduled flight through Checkpoint 5 with Alaska Airlines flights, time slots limited and may book up fast, but appointments are available from 240 to 60 minutes before departure.

Which airlines and security checkpoints are participating in SEA Spot Saver?

SEA Spot Saver is a pilot program, currently it is available for Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and other airline passengers. It includes advanced reservations and onsite appointments at TSA Checkpoint 5 for Alaska. Delta Air Lines and other airline passengers (including Alaska) can sign up at the airport and use SEA Spot Saver once they're at the terminal for TSA Checkpoint 2.

I'm connecting at SEA, do I need to use Spot Saver?

SEA Spot Saver is optional for departing passengers and connecting passengers do not have to use it as SEA is only one terminal and screening is not required unless a passenger leaves the secure side of the airport and have to re-enter TSA Screening.

Can I use SEA Spot Saver if I have TSA PreCheck or CLEAR?

At this time, no. SEA Spot Saver is only available to general screening passengers without a trusted traveler program to help provide better screening experience and create efficiency where we have the highest demand. All TSA PreCheck passengers should be screened at TSA Checkpoint 4 in to order still use their PreCheck benefits such as not having to remove their shoes and electronics. All CLEAR customers can go to their dedicated lane at each security checkpoint as well to have their expedited experience. If the pilot program is successful, we hope to include trusted traveler programs in the future!

Is SEA Spot Saver free?

Yes, it’s completely free for all passengers! There is no account or membership required to use SEA Spot Saver at both participating Checkpoints.

I'm flying Alaska Airlines; how do I use SEA Spot Saver?
  1. SEA Spot Saver QR Code Checkpoint 5Schedule your appointment up to 24 hours before your scheduled departure OR sign up upon arrival at the airport by scanning the QR code on SEA Spot Saver signs throughout the airport
  2. You'll receive a QR code that you can use when you arrive at your scheduled time. Check your email for a copy that you can return to later!
  3. Head to TSA Checkpoint 5 at your scheduled appointment time! We'll screen you from there. You can use our interactive map for step-by-step directions and go through screening.
I'm flying Delta Air Lines; how do I use SEA Spot Saver?
  1. SEA Spot Saver QR Code Checkpoint 2Between 4 a.m. and noon to enter general screening at Checkpoint 2 you’ll have to Scan the QR code to automatically create a text message or text “Ready” at 1-(833) 435-0951* once you're at the terminal!
  2. You'll get a message and ask you on the number of people in your group. Once your spot is saved, we’ll let you know your estimated wait time. You can reply with “update” at any time to check your place in line. If the wait is more than 5 minutes, we’ll let you know at the 5-minute mark that it’s almost time to enter security.   
  3. When it’s your turn, Spot Saver will text you when you can use our interactive map for step-by-step directions to head to TSA Checkpoint 2 for screening!
  4. Show to airport staff at the line your confirmation text and head to screening  

*Currently only available for U.S. and Canadian based phone numbers at this time

I'm flying Alaska Airlines and appointment times are unavailable, what do I do?

SEA Spot Saver has limited appointments available and we're seeing time slots from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. fill up pretty quickly and be "sold out" due to high passenger volumes and demand. Slots are available 240 to 60 minutes before the scheduled flight time since we want to assure that customers still have time to arrive well before boarding and that also limits options by flight.

We're really sorry about the limited times available and working with our provider to improve. We also have SEA Spot Saver available at Checkpoint 2 for on-site sign ups for all airline passengers as well as our normal general screening and checkpoints open!

I’m flying Alaska Airlines and didn’t make an appointment in advance; can I still use SEA Spot Saver?

Yes! When you arrive at the airport, you will see SEA Spot Saver signs with a QR code on your smart phone which you can scan and set up an appointment or you can book here for the next available appointment slot or you can use this  sign up to get in line now when at the terminal.

I’m flying Alaska Airlines, what’s the grace period if I’m past my appointment time?

You can still make it! We offer a grace period of 15 minutes per appointment time, so you may arrive any time during the 15-minute appointment window and enter the line. If you arrive more than 15 minutes past your appointment time, it would be best to reschedule your appointment (based on availability), or you may enter through the regular queue lanes.

I’m flying Alaska Airlines and am traveling as part of a group; can we book together?

Yes! Passengers traveling with a group may book on behalf of the other passengers in their traveling party by specifying the total party size in the booking process. The maximum group size eligible to enter under one appointment is 10 passengers.

I’m flying Alaska Airlines, what information is required to book a reservation?

There is no account registration or login required! Passengers utilizing the service will be asked to select the date of departure, destination airport, airline, flight number and party size. Lastly, they will be asked to provide an email to receive the appointment confirmation with the QR code as an attachment.

I’m flying Alaska Airlines, can I cancel or change an appointment?

Yes! After you’ve made your initial appointment you will be able to access the confirmation email which contains a button to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

I’m flying Alaska Airlines, what if I arrive too early?

Feel free to visit some of our dining and retail options in the terminal! Grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat to while you wait for your appointment. You can also check your bags, or spend time saying goodbye to loved ones. You can check in within 15 minutes of your appointment time!

I’m flying Alaska Airlines and need to check bags at the airport, how much time do I need?

We ask that passengers arrive at the airport with ample time to check in and drop off their luggage, so they don’t miss their appointment time slot. Alaska Airlines utilizes self-check in and other kiosk options that make the process quick and easy!

I’m flying Delta or another airline; can I sign up for SEA Spot Saver?

Anyone with any flight can sign up for SEA Spot Saver! All we require is the ability to text from a U.S. and Canadian-based phone number and to use TSA Checkpoint 2 once you get to the airport. If you have an international number, please speak to the airport staff next to the checkpoint.

I’m flying Delta or another airline; how many people can sign up in an hour or any other limitations?

There are no time limits, you can reserve your appointment while at the airport. SEA Spot Saver at TSA Checkpoint 2 allows one spot per phone number and up to 12 travelers in your group. If you have more than 12, please save another spot using an additional number for the remainder of your group.

I’m flying Delta or another airline; How far in advance can I sign up?

SEA Spot Saver is ready when you are here! When you’ve parked the car, checked your bags, and you’re ready to enter security, simply scan the Spot Saver QR code then send the text! Spot Saver automatically walks you through saving your spot so you can wait wherever you’re most comfortable.

I’m flying Delta or another airline; what is the grace period for my appointment time?

A grace period isn't needed for the Checkpoint 2 experience. Just let us know when you’re ready and we will save your spot. Once your spot is reserved, we’ll let you know how much time it will take and when to proceed into the checkpoint. You can text “Update” to see the latest wait time and how much you have left, or you can always create a new appointment closer to when you’ll be arriving.

I’m flying Delta or another airline; how do I cancel my appointment time?

No cancellations are needed, just ignore the text if you don't need your appointment anymore If you decide you don’t need to go through Checkpoint 2, just ignore the message. We’ll allocate the space in line to someone else and keep things moving.

I’m flying Delta or another airline; how many people can I make an appointment with?

SEA Spot Saver can save a spot for a group of up to 12 people. If you have more than 12, please save a spot for the remainder of your group by using another U.S. or Canadian-based phone number.

How can I provide feedback on SEA Spot Saver?

Let us know what you thought about SEA Spot Saver!

Share your experience with our SEA Airport Customer Care team! We’re available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and closed on federal holidays. If we are unavailable, we'll get back to you as soon as possible!

Contact us by one of any of the following ways:

Call or Text*: (206) 787-5388* or (800) 544-1965 | On our FAQ form: www.portseattle.org/listens | On social media: @flySEA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram | By Email: SEAcustomercare@portseattle.org | Customer Feedback Form: www.portseattle.org/feedback

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