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Sea-Tac Airport Information

Page One of Our Four Page Guide to Sea-Tac Airport

Sea-Tac Airport Arrivals Hall

The Gina Marie Lindsey Arrivals Hall

 

INDEX FOR OUR SEA-TAC AIRPORT INFORMATION

 

Index Page One Airport General Information
  Airport Official Website
  Airport Maps
  Check-In and Ticketing
  Baggage Claim
  Airport Transit System
  Slow Lines at TSA Security
  WiFi Availability
  Real Time Flight Info on Cell Phones
  Rental Cars
  Ground Transportation-Other
   
Index Page Two Coffee
  Eating
  Shopping
   
Index Page Three Art
   
Index Page Four Architecture

 

 

 

AIRPORT GENERAL INFORMATION

The Sea-Tac Airport serves the greater Seattle and Tacoma region.  It is the 17th busiest airport in the country.  In 2010, 31,000,000 passengers boarded planes at Sea-Tac. 

 


 

 

 

 

SEA-TAC AIRPORT OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Please click here to go to the official Sea-Tac Airport website.

 


 

 

 

 

 

MAIN TERMINAL BUILDING--CHECK IN, TICKETING, TSA

 

 Sea-Tac Airport Check-in and Ticketing Level

 

Check-in Area in Main Terminal Building

 

The design of the airport is that it has a Main Terminal Building with four concourses and two satellites.  All passengers go through the Main Terminal Building for check-in, ticketing, and TSA screening. 

Please click here to open up a map of the transit system that provides an overview of the airport.

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BAGGAGE CLAIM

Baggage claim is on the first level of the Main Terminal Building.   There are convenient monitors in Baggage Claim where you can find out which carousel your luggage will arrive at.  Luggage carts can be rented for $4.

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MAPS

Please click here to open up a map of Sea-Tac on a separate tab.  This is the map for the airport's transit system but it also gives you a quick overview of the airport layout.

Please click here to open up the Sea-Tac Airport web page that lists all of the maps offered for the airport.

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SEA-TAC AIRPORT TRANSIT SYSTEM 

Sea-Tac features two transit routes that transport passengers between the Main Concourse and the N and S Satellite gates. Please click here to see the map of the transit system.

 

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SLOW LINES AT SEA-TAC TSA SECURITY CHECKPOINTS

 

The employees of the TSA are charged with the massive responsibility of screening all passengers and their baggage.  We know that they have to deal first with passenger safety and second with how quickly they process passengers.  

That said, I want to warn passengers heading for an outbound flight at Sea-Tac about the security processing time.  Sometimes the security screening lines are fairly short and you can get through with the normal speed of any TSA screening line.  However, for busier times of the day and especially during the tourist season, the Seattle TSA lines grind to a snail's pace.  It appears that part of the problem is that they don't quickly address passengers that are confused or have a lot of carry-on items that require extra time for screening.

I saw one passenger with a lot of items that had to be taken out for individual screening in the x-ray machine.  She stopped the entire line for seven minutes.  The TSA staff do a poor job of going through the waiting lines and telling people to take off their coats for screening and remove their belts and so forth to speed up the overall line. 

If this was a one-time occurrence, I would not mention the slow screening lines.  However, it happens to me frequently enough that it is a continuing problem.

Allow at least 30 minutes to get through security.  That may not be enough time at a really busy time of the day but that should allow you ample time to navigate this mandatory bottleneck.  There are four TSA checkpoints in the Main Terminal Building.   If one line looks really long, it is worth checking the other lines to find a shorter one.

 

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WIFI AVAILABILITY

The airport furnishes free WiFi availability.

 

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REAL TIME FLIGHT INFORMATION FROM CELL PHONES

 

The following instructions  to obtain real time flight information are copied from the Sea-Tac Airport website:

You will receive the latest real-time information, including the flight number, departure or arrival time, gate number and flight status.

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RENTAL CARS

Nine rental car companies have information counters in the Baggage Claim area.  Five of them offer car pick-up and drop-off in the parking garage adjacent to the Main Terminal.  The other companies provide a courtesy bus transportation to their off-airport locations.

 Companies offering on-airport counters and on-airport pick-up and drop-off include:

Companies offering on-airport counters and off-airport cars include:

 

TRAVELER'S TIP FOR SAVING MONEY ON A RENTAL CAR

 

If you rent a car at the airport, you will get stuck with taxes and fees that add 40% to the base rental car fee.  For renting a car, if you can take the Link Light Rail train downtown and rent your car from a downtown car rental location and return it downtown, you can save around  20% in fees and taxes per day.  For a multiple day rental, that 20% adds up fast.  A round trip from the airport to downtown costs $5.00 on the Link Light Rail.

 

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GROUND TRANSPORTATION--OTHER

 

 

Link Light Rail Train at Sea-Tac

 

A Link Light Rail train at the Sea-Tac Airport Station

 

Please click here to go to the Ground Transportation section of our website for information about transportation from Sea-Tac to downtown Seattle.

 

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