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  • 6hours layover enough to go out of the airport
    Jan 29, 2015
    Flight from Amsterdam to Honolulu with 6hours layover in Seattle purchased in 1 ticket. Would it be possible to get out of the airport to meet a friend for a couple of hours or isn`t it allowed to exit the security zone as my final destination is Hawaii? Despite the immigration time..


    Seattle is a tricky airport. If you are a connecting passenger off an international flight after customs you follow a route to re-check your bags, then go back through security, then you are back in the secure area. Passengers ending their journey in seattle follow a different route and have to put their bags on a conveyor to be taken to the baggage claim and then take a train to the main terminal. If you do want to see your friend, you can do that, but you will have to first follow the path for a connecting passenger and re-check your bag and go through security. Then you will take the train to another concourse, such as A or B. Then you can walk from A or B to the baggage claim where you will be outside the secure area. There are no checks for people exiting the secure area. To get to your departure gate, head back through security and to your departure concourse. So, generally, yes, it is possible, but it's a big hassle.


  • YEG to PVR Layover
    Jan 27, 2015
    I am flying from YEG to SEA then have 1 hour 50 minutes to make my connection to PVR, all on Alaska Airlines. I know I will pre clear customs in Edmonton but do I still need to pick up my bags in Seattle or do I just need to go to my next gate?


    No, you will not have to pick up your bags in seattle assuming you purchased your tickets together. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • ORL to YVR layover
    Jan 19, 2015
    Previously when I booked a flight with one stop I was warned after paying that the layover was too short. For a flight from MCO (Orlando, FL) to YVR (Vancouver, Canada) through SEA , is 55 minutes at SEA long enough? This is the combination offered to me on Expedia. What happens if the first flight is late? Thanks.


    Yes, that should be enough time. If the flight is late and you miss your connection you will be rebooked on the next available flight to Vancouver.


  • Can I leave the airport with a transit flight?
    Jan 18, 2015
    I am flying on Delta from Tokyo, arriving at SEA in the early evening and then connecting on a Delta Connection flight the following morning. Do I check my bags on the Delta Connection flight immediately after the international Delta flight, and then stay at the airport all night, or can I go to a hotel and then catch the connecting flight the next morning. If I can go to a hotel, do I take my bag and recheck it the following morning, or is the bag already checked in for the connecting flight from the night before? Sounds a little confusing, but any information would be greatly appreciated, as I would like to make a hotel reservation. Thank you in advance.


    It depends whether your bags are tagged to your final destination or not. If they are tagged to your final destination, you can re-check them immediately if you like. If not then take your bags with you and leave the airport. Honestly it's hard to know and even if you call Delta, their answer would probably be a guess. If your connection is over 12 hours I'm pretty sure it will only be checked to SEA.


  • HNL - SEA - ARN
    Jan 17, 2015
    I'm traveling from Hawaii (on Alaskan) - connecting in Seattle (on Delta) - ending in Sweden. The connection in Seattle is 1 hour 15 min. Is that enough time to get from domestic to international terminal? Also, do you know which terminal has Delta going international? Thanks!


    Seattle only has one terminal. If you purchased your tickets together then that's enough time. Your Delta flight to Europe will depart from the S Satellite.


  • What is time requirement to make connecting flight from Canada to US
    Jan 14, 2015
    I am a US citizen flying from Calgary,AB through Seattle to San Antonio, TX, changing airlines from Delta to Southwest in SEA. I need to claim baggage and clear customs I assume, change concourse and go through security again, then check in to new flight. Will 1 hr. 30 min. be long enough between flight times?


    You will pre-clear US Customs in Calgary. When you arrive you will go to the main terminal, claim your bags and take them to Southwest. 1 hr 30 mins is BARELY enough time to do that. I would want more.


  • DTW- SEA - HNL 33 min
    Jan 13, 2015
    I'm flying from DTW to HNL via SEA in March with a 33min connection in SEA. I know it will likely be close (even though it was recommended by delta diamond desk), but is it doable?


    Yes, it is doable if the first flight is on-time.


  • do I have to claim baggage
    Jan 13, 2015
    So here is the situation. I am a canadian citizen. I will be traveling with Victoria, Canada to Doha Qatar with a layover in Seattle. I will travel to seattle on Alaska Airlines (international flight) and then from Seattle to Doha on Emirates (another international flight). Both these flights are on 1 ticket. My question is, will I have to claim my baggage at seattle and go through customs as well as immigration? Thanks


    Yes, you will have to claim your baggage, go through US Customs, then re-check your baggage at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your departure gate which will also be in the S Satellite.


    Hi ZAP, Thanks for your reply. I called both Emirates and Alaska Air and they gave me conflicting information. Alaska Air says I will have to reclaim baggage but Emirates says that since all flights are on 1 ticket, I will not have to claim baggage in US. I also noticed that on page 2 of this specific forum, you answered a question By Jin (Flying from EWR (Newark) to ICN (Seoul-Incheon)) and in that answer you indicated that he will not have to go through ccustoms and will need to go from arrival gate to departure gate. How can that be if everyone must go through Immigration and customs who is coming from international flight and going to international flight Thanks


    Emirates is incorrect. All passengers arriving in the US on International flights have to claim their baggage to go through US Customs if they do not pre-clear US Customs at the overseas airport (Victoria does not have preclearance). It is US law and it is because all passengers in the secure areas of US airports are mixed, both domestic and international.


  • DUBAI --> SEATTLE --> Victoria (Canada)
    Jan 11, 2015
    I am flying from Dubai to Seattle on a 14 hour Emirates flight. The flight arrives in Satellite S. My next flight to Victoria, Canada is from concourse C. The layover time is 1h 25 minutes. I have 2 questions: 1) Would I have to go through any customs? or immigration at Seattle airport? I am only going to be in transit. 2) Is 1 hour 25 minutes layover enough to catch the Victoria, Canada connection? I do have another option where Victoria connection is 6 hours 40 minutes later. I could take that one. I am also traveling with a 4 year old so I will have a stroller. Is it true that to go to S to C, I have to take the train 4 times? How long will that take and is it easy with 4 year old? Your thoughts? Thanks


    Yes, you have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-cehck your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and then take the underground train to concourse C. You have to take two trains. It will be difficult to make it in 1 hr 20 mins.


  • LHR-SEA on Delta then SEA-PDX on Alaska
    Jan 10, 2015
    I have a 4 hr layover once I land in SEA coming from LHR on Delta landing at 3:15. I want to purchase a flight on Alaska that leaves at 5:00 so I don't have to wait for my delta connection at 7pm. How hard is it to go through customs and pick up my luggage and go re check in with Alaska and go back through security.


    4 hours should be enough time to do that. Upon clearing customs you'll want to follow the signs for passengers ending their journey in Seattle instead of the one for connections.


  • Enough time????
    Jan 7, 2015
    I am USA citizen and I'm flying Edmonton-Seattle then I have only 30 minutes to my next flight Seattle-Spokane. Do I have to collet my bag and re check in and go threw security again? It's all alaska airlines. I'm worried. Do I need to find a later flight to Spokane ?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Edmonton. In Seattle all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Your connection time leaves very little to spare in case of delays, but Alaska has hourly Seattle-Spokane flights and you can be rebooked on the next one if you miss your connection.


    Jan 6, 2015
    Arriving at S gate at 4:22pm -- leaving from D gate at 5:50pm. Will this be enough time to make the connection? Also, we're travelling with two preschoolers so will have a stroller to contend with!


    That should be enough time, but it doesn't leave a lot of time to spare in case of delays.


  • Layover time is enough?
    Jan 5, 2015
    I have plan to visit my south korea, ICN. First, I will go to seattle from atlanta. and then i transfer the airplane to south korea. Two airplanes are all delta and I purchased these tickets together. But the layover time is only 51min. This time is enough to transfer the flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do in Seattle on your way to Korea is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which should both be in the S Satellite.


    Jan 4, 2015
    I will be arriving SEA at 7.50am my conx flt depart at 9.05am will there be sufficient time to transit?


    1 hr 15 minutes is really pushing it for an international->domestic connection.


    Will the Q for immigration be bad for 7.50am arrival


    It probably won't be too bad. However, it still is cutting it very close.


  • NRT -> SEA -> JFK
    Jan 2, 2015
    I'm going on a vacation to Japan and my return flight stops in Seattle. The layover time is 74 minutes (1hr 14min). Is this going to be enough time for me to clear customs, check-in my bags again and make it onto my flight to JFK? I'm flying Delta and the tickets were purchased together. Any tips for making this go as smoothly as possible? I dont have much experience with airports :(


    That should barely be enough time if you arrive on-time. 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 back to the departure level of the S Satellite.


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