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  • layover only 1hr & 10 minutes
    May 16, 2015
    2
    am flying from PDX to JED saudi arabia, i have two stops: 1st in SEA with 1hr layover & 2nd in Paris, then from paris to saudi arabia. My ques. is: after check-in in Portland, and arriving SEA; Do i'll have to go through customs and collect my bags and re check-in ? or i can go directly to my next flight gate. Knowing that i purchase 1-tkt with one reservation. And should 1hr is enough time !!? pls advice.

     

    You do not go through US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.

     

    thanks...

     

  • Getting Through Customs
    May 6, 2015
    5
    I have a flight from Dubai to Seattle with Emirates, then Seattle to Calgary with Atlantic Airlines. Will I need to go through customs? Can the procedure be explained step-by-step (where do I collect my bags and how do i get to customs, etc) and will 3hrs30mins be enough?

     

    In seattle you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs in the S Satellite. if you purchased two separate tickets, you will then have to put your bags on a conveyor belt to the main terminal and take a train there yourself. There is no such airline as Atlantic Airlines serving Seattle. Do you mean Alaska Airlines?

     

    Sorry. Yes, I meant Alaska Airline. I purchased one ticket not two. What happens in that case? And is 3hrs30mins a sufficient amount of time? Thank you for your response.

     

    Since you purchased one ticket, in Seattle you will arrive in the S Satellite, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and take the underground train to your departure gate, which will be in the C, D, or N concourse.

     

    3 hrs 3 mins should be enough time.

     

    ZAP, thank you so much for your help! Truly appreciated!

     

  • Layover questions
    May 10, 2015
    3
    I have a flight from calgary to seattle with alaska airlines with a 4;21 hr layover at SEA-TAC, then a connecting flight with emirates to dubai.... do i need to go through customs at the airport or can i directly go to my gate?

     

    Did you purchase your tickets on one reservation or separately? You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary.

     

    i purchased my tickets on one reservation. Thank you!

     

    Then you can just go from your arrival gate in C, D, or N to your departure gate in S. Your bags will be transferred for you.

     

  • International to domestic (non-U.S. citizen)
    Apr 17, 2015
    1
    My sister's coming from Thailand on Korean Air arriving at SEA at 12:20pm. Our final destination is ANC. I'm planning to buy Delta flight at 2:40pm but I'm not sure if 2hr layover will be enough. My experiences getting through custom at LAX were exhaustive to say the least and so I was wondering if my sis will be able to make it through the custom, get the bag, and go to Delta counter and check in again in less than 2 hours? Thank you!

     

    Purchasing two separate tickets, I would want a little more time.

     

  • What terminal does British air departe from
    Mar 14, 2015
    1
    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.

     

  • ZGR-YVR
    Feb 18, 2015
    1
    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
    5
    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
    1
    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
    1
    I have a 2.5 hour layover in seattle flyingå 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
    0
    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
    3
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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
    2
    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!

     





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