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  • 29 minutes layover in SEA
    May 25, 2016
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    Hi I'm traveling from SNA to YYC via Seattle using delta airlines. The layover is 29 minutes. I didn't notice is until they emailed me a few days ago. is it enough time to get to connect? will they be in the same terminal if Both flights are on delta air?

     

    Seattle only has one terminal. It's possible if the flight from SNA is on-time but obviously leaves no time to spare if it is not.

     

  • Is 3 hr layover long enough to leave SEA airport?
    May 12, 2016
    1
    I have a 3 hr layover in Seattle on my way to Vancouver. Is 3 hours long enough to go have brunch somewhere outside of the airport?

     

    No, it is not.

     

  • Is 32 min layover for connecting Delta flight enough?
    May 5, 2016
    1
    Hi, We are traveling from San Jose to Anchorage via Seattle and we have just 32min layover to the connection flight in Seattle. Is this time sufficient? Information on arrival terminal and departure terminals is not known and I hope, they would be same. Also, what about the checked-in baggage? Will they be able to move them to the connecting flight in those 32mins? Thanks in advance

     

    Seattle only has one terminal. If all flights are on the same reservation then all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If the first flight is on-time you and your bags can make it.

     

  • SFO-SEAttle - London Heathow - 75 minutes, international flight
    Apr 24, 2016
    1
    My parents will fly from San Francisco to Seattle airport, then will transfer to LOndon Heathrow. Do they need to go through US Custom in Seattle and picked up they luggage again?

     

    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. If both tickets are on the same reservation then they just need to go from their arrival gate to their departure gate.

     

  • Fairbanks Seattle Calgary layover
    Apr 24, 2016
    1
    We are two Australian seniors travelling from Fairbanks to Calgary on July 9, 2016. Our flight schedule is as follows: 06:30 Alaska Airlines 126 Fairbanks to Seattle Washington arriving 11:05. 21:20 Alaska Airlines 2126 (Horizon Air) Seattle to Calgary arriving 23:59. We have a long layover in Seattle. Is there enough time to leave the airport and check into a nearby hotel for some sleep? If we leave the airport, at what time do we have to be back at the airport to clear customs and immigration, before the flight to Calgary. If we cannot leave the airport (because we have to remain in transit), is there a someplace like a lounge where we could stretch out?

     

    Yes, you have time, but you would have to confirm with the hotel that a room would be ready for you at noon and you would only get to sleep for maybe 5-6 hours. There is no US Customs or Immigration when leaving the US. You will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs when you get to Calgary.

     

  • Domestic to International layover times
    Apr 24, 2016
    2
    Hi, I'm flying into SEATAC with Alaska Airlines and then departing with Condor to Frankfurt. These are separate reservations and I will have checked luggage. Is two and half hours enough time to make my connecting flight and will I have to go through the TSA check again?

     

    Yes, you will have to go to the main terminal, claim your bags from Alaska, re-check them with Condor, then go through security and to your departure gate. You should have just enough time.

     

    Great, thank you.

     

  • Transit time for immigration
    Apr 21, 2016
    2
    Im taking a flight from HongKong to LA, but I have to stop in seattle. If the luggage is sent the whole way to LA, do I need to have more than 1,45 h for immigration?

     

    Your bags will be tagged to LAX but you will have to claim them to go through US Customs then immediately re-check them at the re-check desk afterwards. You should have just enough time.

     

    Do I need more time for my visa?

     

  • Juneau to Calgary via Seattle, 48-minute layover is enough?
    Mar 30, 2016
    2
    Hello!, I am flying from Juneau to Calgary via Seattle with Delta Air Lines. Is 48-minute layover in Seattle airport is enough for transit? taken into account that I am not Canadian/US citizen? Thank you!

     

    Yes, that is enough time. Your citizenship doesn't matter. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no US Immigration and customs when leaving the US. You just have to show your passport when boarding the flight to Calgary. You go through Canadian immigration and customs when you get to Calgary.

     

    Thank you very much for your prompt reply! An

     

  • dubai - seattle-edmonton
    Mar 22, 2016
    1
    some info about traveling dubai to seattle and then edmonton. will i clear immigration in seattle or just change the gate for next flight?

     

    Yes, in Seattle you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security, and to your departure gate. You need at least 2 hours to do this assuming everything is on the same reservation.

     

  • 10 hours layover
    Mar 22, 2016
    4
    I'm flying from Singapore to Edmonton with a 10 hour layover in SEA via Delta. I'm holding a Philippine passport with a valid US visa, can I go outside the airport for a short day trip?

     

    Yes, you can leave the airport since you have a US Visa.

     

    hi zap! i dont have a valid us visa.. but i also have a layover in SEA via Delta. Is that mean that i cant go outside? thanks

     

    Thanks Zap! I have a connecting flight, do i have to collect my luggage?

     

    Alice, you need a US Visa to transit the US if you are of a nationality that requires a US Visa to visit the US. ***, I can't answer your question unless I know where you're flying from and to and on what airline.

     

  • Clearing Customs
    Mar 3, 2016
    1
    I am flying from Vancouver to dallas and change planes in Seattle with a 1 1/2 hr layover. Will I have to go through customs in Seattle and if so do I have enough time and do I have to get my bags and recheck?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Layover in Sea to catch a flight to AMS
    Feb 27, 2016
    1
    I'm traveling to AMS from SMF with 1 stop at SEA The layover time is 1hr40m. Do I have to go through customs & immigration in SEA. Do I have sufficient time to do so?

     

    Yes, in Seattle you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. You barely have enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • Leaving Seatac to explore Seattle?
    Feb 16, 2016
    1
    Hello, I will be taking a flight from Vancouver BC to San Jose and the connecting stop is at Seatac. Can I leave the airport during the layover and have lunch in the city? Or must I stay inside Seatac due to customs clearance? Thanks.

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. Once you arrive in Seattle you will be free to go where you want. However, note that the airport is not close to the city.

     

  • Connecting Flight at Seattle Airport
    Feb 11, 2016
    3
    My flight will be Delta Airline from Seoul Korea to Seattle and connect to Edmonton Canada with Alaska Airline. The time between connection is 1 hr and 50 min. Do I need to get my check baggage and pass the security and immigration in Seattle airport? Or will the baggage go through directly to Edmonton? Is 1 hr and 50 min enough for connecting time? Thank you

     

    In Seattle you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and take the underground train to your departure gate. You have just enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

    Do I need to fill customs form and re-check the baggage? Since the Delta and Alaska airlines have codeshare, will the baggage go through directly to Edmonton? Thank you so much.

     

    Yes, you will have to claim and re-check your baggage and hand in a customs form.

     

  • From San Jose to Edmonton via SEA
    Jan 5, 2016
    1
    I am flying from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Edmonton (YEG), Canada and will stop at SEA in transit. Is 45 min enough for the transit?

     

    That should be enough time if the first flight is on-time.

     

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