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SEA Visitor Pass FAQs

What is the SEA Visitor Pass Program?

This program allows members of the general public who are not flying that day to visit Sea-Tac International Airport and enjoy the amenities on the secure side of the airport. For example, you could:

  • Spend more time at the gate or a restaurant with family or friends
  • Surprise your arriving service member at their gate (for domestic arrivals)
  • Bring your family to watch the arrivals and departures of different types of planes
  • Participate in the Celebrations at Sea-Tac events 
  • Try out one of the airport’s restaurants 
  • Pick up a gift for your arriving passenger at the airport’s boutiques 
  • Attend a live music performance at the airport
How does the pilot program work?

1.    Apply for the program 

  • The day before you want to visit, complete the request form between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
  • Type in your full legal name (exactly as it appears on your passport or driver’s license), your date of birth, and your gender. 

2.     Check your email

  • You will receive an email between 9:00 p.m. and midnight on the day that you applied notifying you of your approval status and providing detailed instructions. 
  • Remember to bring the same photo ID  (Passport or Driver’s License) that you used to register to the airport with you.

3.     Come to the Airport

  • If you are approved, arrive at the airport two hours earlier than you want to be on the secure side of the airport. 
  • Bring the same photo ID (Passport or Driver’s License) that you used to register. 

4.     Pick up your Visitor Pass

  • Go to the Employee Screening Checkpoint located at the airport baggage claim level, behind carousel 9. You can pick up your pass starting at 8 a.m.
  • Ask to see the Supervisor at the Employee Screening Checkpoint and show them your photo ID.

5.    Enter through Security

  • Go upstairs to the ticketing level and enter the General Screening line at Security Checkpoint 3
  • Present your pass and ID to the TSA agent, who will take your pass.

Other Important Details: 

  • You will be subject to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft. Please review the list of items prohibited by TSA.
  • This program allows entrance to the secure side of the airport between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.  For arrival at peak times, we recommend allowing up to two hours before you want to be inside security to pick up your pass and get through security. For the best experience, we recommend that you depart the terminal by 10 p.m. as airport services are limited after that time.
  • This program is limited to 75 visitor passes per day. Because access is first come first served, registering early the day before you want to arrive may help ensure that you are approved for access.
  • If the daily quota has already been met, you will be notified by email. We hope you will try again another day, using the same application process the day before you want to enter.   
Where do I sign up for SEA Visitor Pass?

The online signup form is available between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

If the form is not available online, that means the program limit of 75 people has been reached, or it's past the application cutoff time of 1:30 p.m. Please try again another day.

Please request access again the day before you want to visit.

Which hours can I use the SEA Visitor Pass?

This program allows access to the secure side of the airport to visitors who are not flying between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. The last Visitor Pass will be issued at 9 p.m.  Be sure to allow enough time to get your SEA Visitor Pass and get through the security lines. At peak travel times, we recommend arriving up to two hours before you want to be on the secure side of the terminal. Many of the airport services and restaurants close at 10 p.m. so leaving by then will ensure the best experience. 

  • Enrollment is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Entrance to the post-security side of the terminal is allowed from Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What items can I bring with me?

SEA Visitor Pass users are subject to the same security regulations as ticketed passengers and access is granted by TSA.  

  • All prohibited items as well as liquids and aerosol cans apply to SEA Visitor Pass holders. Bringing any of these prohibited items could mean that they are confiscated or you are denied access to the airport.  
  • Please bring only one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or bag through the security checkpoint.
Can I meet passengers who are arriving from international flights?

No, visitors participating in the SEA Visitor Pass program can only meet passengers arriving on domestic flights.

I want to visit the airport later in the week. Why can’t I apply several days in advance?

To maintain airport security, TSA regulations prohibit airport personnel from verifying visitor entrance more than 24 hours in advance. You will have to complete a new request for every visit on a different date. 

Can minors use SEA Visitor Pass?

Yes, minors are eligible to participate. Every person participating in the SEA Visitor Pass program must complete a separate online registration and receive approval by email.  

  • Visitors over the age of 15 who have a valid photo ID must complete registration online and bring the same photo ID that was used for registration.
  • Minors under the age of 15 who do not have a photo ID must complete registration online and must be accompanied by a registered adult with valid photo ID who has been approved for entry under the SEA Visitor Pass program. 
Will Sea-Tac make this pilot program permanent?

This pilot program runs from November 2 – December 14, but could end before that date at the discretion of Sea-Tac Airport. The goal of this program is to study how additional non-traveling visitors in the terminal could impact the current level of service from parking availability to TSA screening wait times. Pilot programs like SEA Visitor Pass allow the airport to test new ideas and ultimately offer the highest level of service. Shortly after your visit, you will receive a survey link by email and we appreciate your input to evaluate the future of this program.  

How do we apply for a family or group?

Every non-traveling visitor must complete the online registration form and be approved for entrance, regardless of age. Minors without valid photo IDs must apply and be accompanied by an adult who has also been approved for SEA Visitor Pass entry. 

Can I use SEA Visitor Pass with CLEAR® or TSA Pre✓®?

No, SEA Visitor Pass cannot be used with either of these special access programs.

I’ve requested access for a specific date but was told the program quota has already been met. Can I come back another day?

Yes, we encourage you to come back another day. Security lists are refreshed daily. So you must complete a new registration form one day before your next visit.

I'm a badged airport employee. Can I use the SEA Visitor Pass?

If you are not entering the airport in a professional capacity, you may use the SEA Visitor Pass program.  You may not use this program as an alternative to security clearance if you are reporting to work in the secure area of the airport. If you violate these terms, you will be subject to fines and fees.

What about accessibility and wheelchair assistance?

At Sea-Tac Airport we strive to make your travel experience as easy, safe, and comfortable as possible. Whether you are visiting Seattle, passing through, or accompanying someone else in their travels, our staff and facilities are here to assist. The airport is fully equipped with special access facilities to provide all travelers — as well as meeters, greeters and airport employees — with a safe, convenient means of getting around.

Learn more about accessibility at Sea-Tac Airport.

How will you use my personal information?

In order to receive a gate pass from the Airport to access the Sterile Area, all  Authorized Individuals and any minors, meaning an individual under 18 years of age who is entering with such individual, will be required to provide certain personal information that triggers the need for an important Privacy Act Statement.  All individuals should carefully read the Privacy Act Statement below and consider the implications of providing their personal information. 

PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT

AUTHORITY:  49 U.S.C. § 114(f).  PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S):  This information is collected by airport operators or their representatives in order to conduct checks of TSA’s Secure Flight watch lists on individuals who wish to access the Sterile Area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) which is located beyond the screening checkpoint. TSA may receive this information from airport operators or their representatives in order to resolve suspected or actual matches to this database.

ROUTINE USE(S):  TSA may share this information with aircraft and airport operators, foreign air carriers, or appropriate Federal, State, or other agency regarding individuals who pose or are suspected of posing a risk to transportation or national security, or for other routine uses identified in TSA systems of records, DHS/TSA 019 Secure Flight Records. DISCLOSURE:  Voluntary; failure to furnish the requested information will result in your inability to access facilities located in the airport beyond the screening checkpoint.

Individuals are also reminded that should they have any questions or comments regarding this process or the effect of the check referenced in the Privacy Act Statement, they may contact TSA’s Contact Center at (866) 289-9673 or at TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov. Participants may also contact a TSA representative at the screening checkpoint.

What if I don't receive email confirmation about my SEA Visitor Pass application?

If you have requested SEA Visitor pass access, you should receive email confirmation by midnight the day you apply. If you have not received an email, please check the spam folder in your email to see if your Internet Service Provider does not recognize the email address. 

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