Sea-Tac tips and airport app, from Port of Seattle
As the commute to the airport and security lines are constantly under some sort of change, our fliers have shown interest in learning about it and about how to stay more up to date. Here we share some valuable tips from Port of Seattle:
Plan ahead: busiest travel days are Thursdays and Fridays and congestion tends to happen during holidays. Arrive early!
Peak traffic congestion: on the Departure level, the busiest hours are usually from 4:30am to 7:30am, and 11:00am to 2:00pm. For both, Arrivals and Departures, heavy traffic often occurs from 8:30pm to 12:30am, and during holidays.
Take public transportation to the airport: it is the best option to avoid being stuck in traffic, either the Link Rail, a bus, or a shuttle. The Link Light Rail takes you to the airport and the Tukwila and Angle Lake stations offer free parking to avoid airport traffic.
Go opposite: in the morning, drop off on the Arrivals level, and in the evenings, meet passengers on the Departures level.
Come from the South End entry: to avoid the heaviest traffic.
Arrive early: plan on arriving 2 hours in advance for domestic flights, and 3 hours for international.
Be ready for security checkpoints: travelers are required to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on luggage, so be prepared to do so if you’re carrying any.
Properly store foodfor screening: passengers are allowed to bring food but sometimes that can slow down the screening process. Sea-Tac recommends you pack food in the checked luggage if you’re not eating this in the airport or in your flight.
Relief areas for passengers traveling with pets: there are three new indoor pet relief areas in the terminals for easier access and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Check the website for an up-to-date map and info.
Also, for current information about checkpoint lines, terminal maps, flight information, dining options close to your gate, and transportation tips, download the Sea-Tac App (available for iOS and Android devices).
TSA security checkpoint wait times: find the most convenient line with current information
Parking spot reminder: snap a photo of your parking spot to skip post-flight wandering
Shopping, dining and relaxing: see all dining and retail options throughout the airport
Explore the amenities: water bottle filling stations, nursing suites, pet relief areas, cell phone charging stations, children’s play area, and more
Find your flight: enter your flight number to get your gate location and alert notifications
Ground transportation: find information on airporters, courtesy shuttles, limos, public transit (buses or Link light rail), rental cars, taxis, app-based rideshare (Lyft, Uber, Wingz), and more.