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  • What terminal does British air departe from
    Mar 14, 2015
    What terminal at Seattle airport The British airways leave from flying to London Heathrow


    Seattle only has one Terminal. The British Airways gate is in the S satellite.


    Feb 18, 2015
    I am American citizen and traveling from YVR-ZGR and back. On my way back I am flying from ZGR-FRA , FRA-SEA and SEA-YVR. Can I stay in Seattle or I have to go to Vancouver? Thank you.


    You will have to claim your bags when you go through customs in Seattle, so yes, you can leave the airport there if you want.


  • YVR-SEA-PVG, 1 hour enough?
    Feb 9, 2015
    I plan to go to China from Canada and have to make a transfer in Seatle. flight to SEA will land on Terminal B and flight go to Pudong will take off on Terminal S. I have only 1 hour between these two flights and will it be enough? Plus, do I need to go through US custom in SEA and redo security screen?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. As long as your tickets were purchased together all you have to do in Seattle is take the underground train from your arrival concourse to the S-Satellite for your departure gate. That should be enough time.


    Thank you for your reply. How about the return trip? Will I pre-clear US customs in Pudong? My return trip is PVG-SEA-YVR, with 2 hours layover


    No, on your return trip you will arrive in the S Satellite, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and take the underground train to your departure concourse. You will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs when you get to Vancouver.


    Oops..... So do you think 2 hrs would be enough?


    Yes, 2 hours should be enough.


  • YVR-Dubai_ Layover time 1:20 min .enough?
    Jan 19, 2015
    hey i am traveeling from Vancouver to dubai . Just wondering if the layover time of 1:20 min in Seattle enough to catch the flight from seattle to dubai ?Please clarify .


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. If you purchased tickets together you will have enough time. However, if you purchased separate tickets that is not enough time.


  • PVG Sea MSP
    Nov 1, 2014
    I have a 2.5 hour layover in seattle flyingÄ from PVG to MSP on Delta. Is 2.5 hours enough time to transfer? All flights on one ticket. Thanks


    That should be plenty of time.


  • minimum connecting time required in sea
    Sep 25, 2014
    what is the minimum time required to change over to a delta flight from an emirates flight and vice versa. my route is DXB-SEA-SLC-SEA-DXB


  • 6 Hr Lay over waitng for Transporter bus
    Sep 13, 2014
    My son will be arriving 5 am and bus doesn't leave until 11 am. Rather than going directly to baggage claim and getting his lugguge, can he stay in the concourse to eat and shop? Can we arrange to have his bag kept for later pickup? Waiting for 6 hrs lugging his large suitcase and waiting in the bus wait area seems tortuous. Thanks in advance to your replies.


    If it is an international flight he won't even be allowed on the concourse - he will be sent straight to Immigration, international baggage claim, and customs. If it's a domestic flight, he can take his time, but they will not "hold" a bag to come out at a specific time.


    It is a domestic flight. I was hoping he would not have to spend the entire time waiting with his bag. How long do you think is reasonable to get to baggage claim before he would risk losing his bag. 1 hour too long?


    1 hr would probably be ok


  • 4 Hr layover in Seattle enough time to..
    Sep 1, 2014
    Hi, I'm flying to Hawaii and have a 3 hr and 43 min layover in Seattle, about how much time does security clearance usually take? So I can leave the boarding area and have enough time to make it back in for my flight.


    It depends on the time of day and day of week - anywhere between 5 and 25 minutes probably.


  • Short lay over
    Aug 23, 2014
    Hi I am looking at flights from Hanoi to Fairbanks, the flights go from Seoul to Seattle with 1h 46 before the flight to Fairbanks, the flight from Seoul is with delta and the flight to Fairbanks is also with delta. Will I be able to book my bags through to Fairbanks. Or will I need to go through customs? If I need to re book my bags through and go through customs is 1h 46 enough time?


    Yes, 1 hr 46 minutes is enough for your connection. You will have to claim your bags after going through US Immigration, go through US Customs, and re-check your baggage with Delta.


  • HKG to YEG via SEA
    Aug 14, 2014
    Hi. I will be coming from Hong Kong to Seattle with only 1hr 20min to get on my flight to Edmonton Canada. I have 2 questions. 1. Is that enough time to transfer to my EDM flight? 2. Do I have to pickup baggage in Seattle and then check them in again for Edmonton? Or will they go straight from HKG to EDM? Thanks in advance to your generous input.


    Yes, that should barely be enough time and Yes, you will have to claim your baggage after clearing US Immigration, then go through US Customs, then re-check your baggage.


  • Only 1.5 layout time Vancouver to Seattle to Tokyo
    Mar 7, 2014
    Hi, I booked multiple ticket from UA with a section from YVR through SEA to NRT. I have only 1.5 layout time in SEA as follows: YVR 1110 (Air Canada Express operated by Jazz Aviation) to SEA 1200 Then SEA 1315 to NRT Do I need to go through Custom and get the luggage and I am worry that 1.5 hour is not enough. Previous section of the ticket is from SFO to YVR. Shall I be counted as first entry to US and have to go through custom? Please kindly advice Many thanks


    You will go through US Immigration and Customs at the Preclearance facility in Vancouver. In Seattle, all you will have to do is go from your Air Canada gate in Concourse A to your departure gate. United no longer flies from Seattle to Tokyo, so if you booked your flight through United it is probably operated by ANA and will leave from Concourse S. There is a train that connects A and S inside security. You should have enough time.


    thank you very much! That's reassuring!


  • Is 2 hour layover time enough
    Mar 7, 2015
    I booked a wheel chair service of flight#DL128 for my parent next month because my father needs help, he can't walk far. They have 2 hour layover time at Seattle airport. Is 2 hour enough for them to get through International Visitor's Customs, pick up the checked baggage, and make the connecting flight#DL 9190(operated by Alaska air as AS 672)? Thank you very much for your advise!


    Yes, 2 hours should be enough time.


    Hi! I would like to ask if we need to go to immigration in seatle than we are only layout? Our flight distination Is LAX we only layout in sealte for 6hour but we don't want to go out in sealte.


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