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COVID-19 Status Updates at SEA Airport

Update on the Port's COVID-19 response Learn more.

Welcome to FlyHealthy @ SEA. Stay up to date on actions we’re taking to support public health at SEA and learn about our commitment to a culture of safety and well-being. We post regular airport updates for the traveling public as new information is available.  

Please note, SEA does not manage flight schedules or air traffic. Please contact your airline about your flight. 

Wednesday, May 27

Friday, May 22

  • The C Train Station is closed from the evening of May 22 until June 15, 2020. Please use the interactive map for step-by-step directions for navigating around the terminal. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
  • Read the FlyHealthy@SEA weekly update for May 22, 2020.

Thursday, May 21

  • TSA announced changes to security screening at airports nationwide that reduce the potential for cross-contamination and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. New security procedures advise separate food for X-ray screening, keep possession of your boarding pass, practice physical distancing and wear facial covering. Learn more. 

Friday, May 15

  • Welcome to FlyHealthy @ SEA. Stay up to date on actions we’re taking to support public health at SEA and learn about our commitment to a culture of safety and well-being. Today we launched the first FlyHealthy@SEA weekly update, which we are producing each Friday moving forward.

Thursday, May 14

  • Effective May 18, the Port will require all passengers, visitors, and airport workers to wear face coverings over their mouths and noses in public areas of the airport, subject to certain limited exceptions, until further notice. Travelers should wear their face coverings throughout the airport, including during the TSA screening process, but be prepared to adjust their face coverings so that officers can visually confirm their identity during checkpoint screening.

Saturday, May 9

  • Effective May 18, all passengers, visitors, and workers, including Port employees, will be required to wear face coverings in the public areas of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Learn more.

Friday, May 8

  • On May 7, 2020, TSA announced that its employees are required to wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints. For more details, read the full announcement
  • As of April 5, 2020, the Port has supported its employees in wearing face coverings throughout Port properties while they are working, following CDC recommendations for the general public. Two cloth face coverings were provided to essential, non-teleworking employees assigned throughout Port sites on April 17. 

Monday, April 27

  • Security Checkpoints 1 and 5 are closed until further notice. All TSA Pre✓® passengers will have to process through Checkpoint 4.
  • The checkpoint at the South Satellite for international arriving passengers is also closed until further notice; travelers who are connecting after passport control will have to exit to the pre-secure side of the airport to check-in luggage and screen at the main terminal.

Tuesday, April 14

  • Two tenants notified the airport on Monday afternoon of a positive test of an employee with public-facing responsibilities. Facilities and areas in which they worked have since been cleaned and disinfected. 
    • Poke to the Max, located on Concourse D. The employee last worked at the location on April 6 during a shift between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
    • Whayne Enterprises, a janitorial contractor at the terminal with duties focused on bag claim level, ticketing, parking garage, and curbside. The employee last worked on April 4 during a shift between 1:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. 
  • Please be advised beginning this week, SEA’s Lost & Found office will be closed on weekends and on Memorial Day (May 25, 2020). Airport Lost and Found services are available to customers Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  

Tuesday, April 7

  • Checkpoint 5 is closed until further notice. 

Monday, April 6

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified the airport today that a security officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) tested positive for COVID-19. The officer last worked on April 1 at Checkpoint 3 from 4:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Learn more about TSA actions to protect passengers and employees. 
  • Airline passengers are allowed to wear cloth face coverings during the TSA screening process. Passengers should be prepared to adjust their masks so that a TSA officer can visually confirm their identity during the checkpoint screening process.

Friday, April 3

  • The B Train Station is closed until further notice, please use our interactive map for step-by-step directions for navigating around the terminal. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Thursday, April 2

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified the airport today that a security officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport tested positive for COVID-19. The officer last worked on April 1 at Checkpoint 3 from 3:45 a.m. – 11:11 a.m. Learn more about TSA actions to protect passengers and employees.

Sunday, March 29

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified the airport today that a third security officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) tested positive for COVID-19. The officer last worked on March 18 at Checkpoint 2 from 11:45 a.m. – 10:15 pm. Learn more about TSA actions to protect passengers and employees. 
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Saturday, March 28

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a domestic travel advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut urges residents of those states to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified the airport today that a security officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) tested positive for COVID-19.  The officer last worked on March 24 at Checkpoints 3 and 4 from noon – 4:00 p.m. The checkpoints were closed for cleaning and re-opened. Learn more about TSA actions to protect passengers and employees.  
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Thursday, March 26

  • SEA Airport is operating with lighter passenger volumes and enhanced disinfection and personal hygiene protocols in place. Some airport restaurants are open with reduced operating hours and food service only for grab-and-go and orders to go. Read more about adjustments to dining and retail.
  • The international arrivals process for passengers entering the United States from certain countries has been adjusted multiple times since the first global cases of coronavirus were discovered. Read more about the screening process at SEA Airport.

Wednesday, March 25

  • Checkpoint 5 has been cleaned and re-opened this morning.
  • The two Club at SEA lounges are closed until further notice.

Tuesday, March 24

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified the airport today that a security officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) tested positive for COVID-19.  Read more
  • The state of Alaska is requiring that anyone entering Alaska must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival beginning March 25, 2020. The mandate applies to Alaska residents, workers and travelers.

Monday, March 23

  • The Port of Seattle supports efforts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus while maintaining essential operations. In response to Governor Jay Inslee’s “stay at home” order, Port of Seattle Commission President Peter Steinbrueck made the following comment: “Critical Port facilities and operations are still open. We are doing everything we can to support those staying home, while keeping Port facilities safe for those who do essential work.”
  • The Children's Play Area near the A Gates has been closed until further notice in order to help promote social distancing.
  • CLEAR operational hours have been reduced at Checkpoints 1 and 3 and will now be open from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
  • Sound Transit is temporarily reducing service on Link light rail, Sounder trains, and ST Express routes operated by King County Metro due to COVID-19. With light rail ridership down nearly 70 percent, trains will continue to run every 14 minutes under temporary service reductions. Sound Transit has suspended fare requirements on buses and trains until further notice to help protect transit employees and riders through social distancing. Visit Sound Transit's page for more information.
  • Hawaii is requiring travelers to the state to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Hawaiian Airlines will suspend flights to Maui beginning March 27 and Honolulu beginning March 28.
  • For international flights, additional route suspensions announced recently include Icelandair to Reykjavik until further notice and Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong through May. Emirates is suspending all passenger flights worldwide as of March 26 through April and British Air suspended daytime flights through April. 

Friday, March 20

  • The U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory, the agency’s highest alert level, encouraging all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel. Those who are currently abroad are advised to return home.

Thursday, March 19

  • Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020, the SEA Visitor Pass program is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. 

Wednesday, March 18

Tuesday, March 17

  • Today Port of Seattle Commission President Peter Steinbrueck, Executive Director Steve Metruck, and Airport Managing Director Lance Lyttle discussed how SEA is continuing its mission to serve the public and the steps being taken to keep the public safe during their travels. SEA is open and operating, but it is not business as usual right now. This time last year 50,000 passengers would be headed through security checkpoints at SEA at the beginning of the spring break travel season. Right now, the airport is averaging 16,000 passengers per day. Watch the press conference.
  • SEA Airport is open with enhanced disinfection and personal hygiene protocols in place. Most airport dining and retail tenants are open for business, but with reduced operating hours and food service. Read about adjustments to dining and retail.

Monday, March 16

  • Ireland and the U.K. were added to the existing travel restrictions on foreign nationals from European countries, Iran, and China. Americans, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families returning home from Ireland and the U.K. will also undergo enhanced entry screening, followed by a 14-day self-quarantine.
  • Airport dining and retail tenants are open for business, but with reduced operating hours and food service. Restaurants are only open for grab-and-go and food orders to go. Passengers cannot sit in certain seating areas or at the bars. 
  • The live music program is suspended until the end of March. 

Sunday, March 15

  • SEA Airport welcoming international flights without major entry delays. Extra staff are onsite to help. International travelers must go through Customs before pick-up. Please be flexible and aware that this area may be busy over the next few days.
  •  As of March 15, passengers are not experiencing an increase in customs wait times. Depending on visa or citizenship review, it may only be a few minutes through Global Entry, or 30 or more minutes based on the number of and length of reviews in line.

Friday, March 13

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operating. Learn five key tactics to stay healthy when you fly. 
  • After midnight on Friday, March 13, 2020, and for the next 30 days, U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and their immediate families returning home after recently visiting certain European countries (see list below), China, South Korea and Iran will have enhanced entry screening. The passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact info for local health authorities. Passengers will be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices if needed.
  • The European countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Thursday, March 12

  • All USO Airport locations in the U.S. will temporarily suspend operations until further notice in order to maintain safe environments and avoid unnecessary risks of exposure. Visit the USO page for more information.

Wednesday, March 11

  • The Governor and King County issued a health order limiting the number of people at events and mandated social distancing. Transportation systems (buses, light rail, ferries, and airports) are not included in the limit for the number of people; however, the Governor asked those transportation systems to increase vigilance, as they have been, to maintain frequent cleaning of their facilities.
  • Here's how the Port is keeping our facilities clean and safe for you. 

Tuesday, March 10

Monday, March 9

  • The Port of Seattle installed 230 hand sanitizers in and around the terminal. This includes sanitizer stations at the checkpoints, in the sky bridges, common use ticket kiosks areas, the 3rd-floor garage areas where the TNCs are located (Uber, Lyft), and rental car bus stops. 
  • In response to the spread of the virus, the Trump Administration has expanded travel restrictions, which include:
  1. Raising the travel advisories for certain regions in Italy and South Korea to the highest level, Level 4 “Do Not Travel.   
  2. Suspending entry of foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, or any of the 26 countries within the EU’s Schengen Area* for the last 14 days (*Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland).
  • Airport retail and dining tenants are open for business, but some have reduced operating hours. 

Tuesday, March 3

  • SEA and the Port of Seattle announced enhanced protocols to maintain the safety, health, and well-being of passengers and employees using Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Sunday, March 1

  • Delta Air Lines published its travel advisory and guidance for COVID-19. 
     

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