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Traveling with Pets and Service Animals

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Traveling with an animal at the airport

Help keep your animals safe! Handlers should keep pets leashed at all times while going through TSA screening, at the Pet Relief Areas, and throughout the terminal. When navigating the terminal with a pet please use the elevators, not the escalators, in order to prevent injury. Make sure your pet healthy and fit to fly with your veterinarian prior to traveling! Whether it's in the cabin, in the belly or as checked baggage the American Veterinary Medical Association can help with clearing your pet for air travel.

Traveler Alert: Anticipated Service Animal Policy Changes

Effective Jan. 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced upcoming changes to the Air Carrier Access Act that impacts emotional support and service animals for air travel.  Anticipated changes include, but aren’t limited to: airlines will recognize emotional support animals as pets rather than service animals, forms may be required 48 hours prior to travel, the number and type of service animal a passenger can have, and other limitations. For more specific information please refer to the rules set by DOT or to find out their pet and service animal policies and if you have any questions regarding animals on flights, please contact your airline directly.

TSA Screening

Animals should not be screened through an x-ray. Handlers should securely lead the leashed pet or service animal through TSA screening processes. Service animal accessories such as carriers, harnesses and vests etc. are also subject to screening. Animals are not allowed in TSA screening lanes while the K9s are working. If you have a pet going through TSA screening, you may be redirected to another checkpoint by an airport employee if the TSA K9s are working that checkpoint.

See TSA’s website for more tips on traveling with pets and screening with service animals.

Pet Relief Areas

Pet Relief Area

We know how important it is to take care of your furry ones, so we have pet relief locations for them both inside and outside of the terminal. All pets must be in their travel carriers and leashed when in the Terminal. The only exception is training/service dogs and other specially trained pets assisting travelers with disabilities.

When using the Pet Relief Areas, please clean up after your pet with the pet waste bags, hand sanitizer, paper towel dispenser and trash for proper disposal provided at each unit.

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

More Pet Relief Areas are to be expected to accommodate for our passenger's four-legged friends! See a map of current pet relief locations as well as find our Pet Relief Areas on our interactive map.

In the Terminal

There are currently 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 proper disposal.

  • CONCOURSE D pet relief area is located on the Subway level of the D Gates near the yellow wall. This location is the closest to the North Satellite during its construction.
  • SOUTH SATELLITE pet relief area is located on the Mezzanine level of the South Satellite near the escalators.
  • CONCOURSE B pet relief area is located across from Hudson News in the Central Terminal, just before the Concourse B exit. 

Outside the Terminal

There are currently two locations outside the Main Terminal equipped to serve as "pet potties" for traveling animals

  • ​​On the North end: Located outside of door #33 by Alaska Airlines on the Ticketing level.
  • On the South end: Located at the south end of the airport near door #00/02 on the baggage claim level past Carousel 1.

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