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Secrets of Sea-Tac Airport

Aug 28, 2018

With all the hustle and bustle, many travelers pass through the airport  and don’t ever see some of the best-kept secrets of Sea-Tac Airport. Here are a few tips that will make your next adventure more enjoyable. 

Pre-security:

Digital discovery

A little advance preparation before you head to the airport will go a long way:

  • Download the Sea-Tac app to your iPhone to get Checkpoint Wait times
  • Read tips for navigating Sea-Tac Airport at #SeaTacHacks
  • Get text updates about what's happening at the airport by texting "Update" to 206-347-8045

Bike resources 

We all know how jammed the airport drives and parking can be, so Sea-Tac Airport always encourages travelers to choose other commute options. As you know, there are quite a few public transportation methods from the airport like Sound Transit Link light rail and buses. But did you know the airport also offers short-term and long-term bike resources?

Our bicycle assembly station, with tools and a bike pump, provides a place to disassemble or assemble your bike before or after a flight.

The station is located across from the Smarte Carte office on the Baggage Claim level between carousels 9 and 10. Smarte Carte offers bicycle boxes for sale. Contact your airline about fees to check your bike on a flight.

Four bicycle parking areas with racks are available at the following locations:

  • Day-use storage
  • Fourth floor parking garage (skybridge 1 and 6)
  • Arrivals (south-end bus stop)

 For long-term storage go to Baggage claim level (on the back wall near carousels 12 and 13).

Bike storage

Speed through security

Before entering security checkpoint lines, stop by our TSA Pre✓™ enrollment center located on the Ticketing level, near the Alaska Airlines counter. TSA Pre✓™ allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs who are flying on participating airlines, to receive expedited screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, and leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags. You can enroll at the counter or make your visit even quicker by applying online.

TSA Precheck

Time for tranquility 

If you’re feeling stressed or need an escape from the hustle and bustle of the airport, take a moment in the Meditation/Quiet Room. The Meditation/Quiet Room is located before security on the Mezzanine level of the airport above Checkpoint 3, next to the Badging Office and Lost and Found. This room is nondenominational and is open 24/7 to all passengers and employees. 
 

Meditation room with benches

Serving service members

The United Service Organizations (USO), located on the Mezzanine level of the Main Terminal, is open 24/7 to support military travelers and their families with a full nursery; children's games, books, and toys; sleeping facilities; showers, a free snack bar; comprehensive travel information and assistance; and a lounge area that includes a big-screen TV, Microsoft® Xbox games, Internet access, and a library. 

USO at Sea-Tac

Post-security:

After passing through security, take a minute to relax before your flight. 

Parents’ paradise

For parents, Sea-Tac offers a couple options to get a little relief for you and the kids. The Nursing Mother’s Suites and Children’s Play Area are available 24/7 to make your family trip a little more comfortable. 

  • The Children’s Playroom is located across from Seattle Tap Room between Central Terminal and A gates. 
  • The Nursing Mother’s Suites are located throughout the terminal. See the map below for several locations.
     

Nursing suites map

For your furry friends

There are two areas outside the Main Terminal and before security that can serve as "pet potties" for traveling animals. The two areas are located outside of Baggage Claim on the north end. The north area is outside of door #26, just past Carousel 16. It is a small sandy area to the left under the stairs with plastic bags and a trash can.

Post-security, there are three pet relief areas in the secured section of the terminal. These units have pet waste bags, hand sanitizer, a paper towel dispenser, and trash for waste disposal.

  • The NORTH SATELLITE pet relief area is located on the STS level of the N Gates near the escalators
  • The SOUTH SATELLITE pet relief area is located on the STS level of the S Gates near the escalators
  • The CONCOURSE B pet relief area is located across from Hudson News, just before the Concourse B exit 

Reminder: All pets must be in their travel carriers when in the Main Terminal building. The only exception is training/service dogs and other specially trained pets assisting travelers with disabilities.

If any janitorial maintenance is needed at any of these units please call (206) 787-5229. 

See a map of pet relief locations.

Corgi puppy

Unique eats

Thirsty or hungry? Check-out some dining options that are unique to Sea-Tac Airport:
•    Coffee Bean Tea and Leaf, located at the A gates, is the only store location on the west coast outside of California
•    Floret, located between the Central Terminal and A gates, is the airport’s first vegan-friendly dining option

Before you leave!

If you’re waiting to get picked up, head to the Gina Marie Lindsay Hall (GML), located at the south end of the Baggage Claim level. Enjoy the featured art galleries or take a load off in the rocking chairs. 

Rocking Chairs in Sea-Tac Hall

 

What to do next?

Check out our events poster board, located next to the escalators on the Baggage Claim level by Door 18, to see the fun adventures that await you in Seattle.

Events board

 We also offer a shuttle service to the Sea-Tac Airport Link light rail station to get you to where you’re going quickly.

Airport shuttle

 For more information and the locations of each of these items, use our interactive map or download the Sea-Tac app.

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