August 9, 2022
Picking up or dropping someone off at the airport goes beyond a casual favor. It’s an act of service to be the welcome home or bon voyage for your friends and family. It’s a heroic deed.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is in the middle of the surge and the squeeze of summer travel. And that means congestion on the airport’s roadways during certain daily peaks.
Just last week, close to 45,000 inbound vehicles were counted at the airport each day heading to Departures, Arrivals, or the parking garage. To put it into perspective, that’s almost the same number of people in a sold-out Mariner’s game at T-Mobile Park!
Here are insider hacks to help you be a hero that saves time when you’re someone’s airport ride. And even make it easier on yourself. 😉
There can be long wait times on the drives into the airport during busy peaks, especially 5:00-7:00 a.m. for the upper-level Departures drive and 9:00-11:00 p.m. for the lower-level Arrivals drive.
You instinctively head to Departures while dropping off travelers and Arrivals for collecting loved ones, even when there is a stretch of taillights all going to the same place.
Totally get that — it’s the routine thing to do that feels natural. But there is a better way, hero.
Either or, it’s just one level up or down for the traveler inside of the terminal and it gets you out of the traffic crunch. Many arriving passengers don’t check bags and are already on the Departures level when they exit. And that means an easy pick up.
Waiting in line isn’t heroic so SEA also provides live feeds of the airport drives so that you can plan your departure or pickup by checking airport traffic conditions on the cameras.
Lead the way. Switch it up to speed it up.
August 9, 2022
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