I fly over 150,000 miles a year from my home in Seattle, which means I’m a regular at Sea-Tac Airport. But I haven’t written much about it besides the occasional update on new construction. That’s why I thought it was a great idea when National Car Rental reached out and asked me to write a post about some of the insider secrets at Sea-Tac Airport. Here are some of my favorite tips on moving through the airport quickly and making the most of your time before the next flight.
Know the Security Schedule
There’s been a lot of news lately about long lines at airport security, and Sea-Tac is no exception. At one point, I recall hearing about two-hour waits or longer. Fortunately there are five different security checkpoints. Pick any one you like, since all gates are connected in the secure area.
- Checkpoint #5 (near Alaska Airlines): 4 AM – 1:30 PM
- Checkpoint #4 (near American Airlines and Southwest Airlines): 4 AM – 8 PM
- Checkpoint #3 (near Delta Air Lines and JetBlue): 24 hours
- Checkpoint #2 (near United Airlines and international carriers): 4 AM – 8 PM
- Checkpoint #1 is for cruise passengers only and has limited hours.