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Traveling with Pets

Traveling With Pets

Traveler Alert: When navigating the terminal with a pet please use the elevators, not the escalators, in order to prevent injury to the animal. Airlines have their own policies regarding traveling with animals. If you have any questions regarding animals on flights please contact your airline directly. Make sure your pet healthy and fit to fly with your veterinarian prior to traveling in the cabin, in the belly or as checked baggage, read an article from the American Veterinary Medical Association on clearing your pet for air travel.

According to Sea-Tac Airport’s Rules and Regulations, all animals who are not legally certified as service animals should be in carriers while in the terminal. Owners/handlers must be able to physically control their animal with an appropriately sized, structurally sound and well-secured carrier. Animal(s) being held by its owner/handler must also be leashed when outside of its kennel while using the designated Pet Relief Areas and going through TSA screening in the terminal. Owners/handlers require prior written permission from Airport Operations otherwise they shall not enter the parking garage, terminal building, ramp or air movement area of the airport unless it is a law enforcement canine, a service animal or an animal who is under the physical control of its guardian.

TSA Screening and Pets

All animals should not be screened through an x-ray, handlers should securely hold the pet while leashed while their carrier is screened, more on screening procedures with pets. Animal(s) 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 information on screening with pets.

Pet relief mapPet Relief Areas

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 when in the Main Terminal building. 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.

  • Pet Relief AreaNORTH SATELLITE pet relief area is located on the STS level of the North Satellite near the restrooms.
  • SOUTH SATELLITE pet relief area is located on the STS level of the South Satellitte 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. ​​One is located outside of Baggage Claim outside of door #26, just past Carousel 16. It is a small sandy area to the left under the stairs. The other Pet Relief Area is located at the south end of the airport near door #00/02 on the baggage claim level past Carousel 1. 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.

Picking up or shipping pets or other live animals

If a traveling passenger has checked in a live animal as baggage, the animal can be picked up at baggage claim. Passengers should contact their airline directly for further information. If a live animal has been shipped unaccompanied, the animal can be picked up at Sea-Tac's air cargo facilities. Customers should contact their specific freight carrier directly if they have any questions on picking up and shipping live animals.

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