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  • International traveler from Vancouver transit at Seattle to Taiwan
    Mar 6, 2015
    I am a non-US citizen planning to travel from Vancouver transit at Seattle to Taiwan. Two tickets are booked separately and with two different air lines, Delta and EVA. Questions: 1. For the baggage, will it be all the way through from Vancouver to Taiwan without picking up from Seattle and check back in. 2. For the immigration/Custom check, Do I need to pass immigration/Custom check at Seattle, or will I be pre-immigration/custom check at Vancouver, so I don't have to do it again at Seattle.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. However, as you are booking two separate tickets, you will have to go to the baggage claim in the main terminal to claim your bags, then bring it to the EVA check-in counter to check to your final destinaton. As such I recommend at least 2 hours for this transfer.


  • Connecting Flight transfer time
    Mar 1, 2015
    Hi, my flight information is Stuttgart - Amsterdam - Seattle - Vancouver. Arrival in Seattle 12:00 Departure (Terminal M) 14:22 I bought all the tickets at once so do i have to pick up my luggage? And i just read that you should estimate +3h for transfer flights. So do i lack time? thanks in advance


  • Wheelchair Assistance
    Feb 11, 2015
    If I have booked wheelchair assistance with my Airline for when I arrive from the UK, does that assistance stop once I have got my luggage or does it continue onto the light rail and on to the main exit?


    It ends once you get your luggage, it presumes you have your own wheelchair if you need one that will be traveling as checked baggage.


  • International to domestic
    Jan 24, 2015
    What procedures need I go through? depart LONDON HEATHROW arrive SEATTLE - Depart SEATTLE - AIR ALASKA to SPOKANE. I have almost 2 hours in which to complete this. Y


    You will arrive in the S Satellite, go through US Immigration, collect your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk. Then you will go through security and take the underground trains to your departure concourse.


    Jan 10, 2015
    I am a canadian travelling alaska from hawaii to canada via seattle. Is 40 min enough connection time? Will i need to collect my luggage? Tnx!


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do in Seattle is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If your flight is late and you miss your connection Alaska has very frequent flights from Seattle to Vancouver.


  • What to do in layover time
    Dec 10, 2014
    Hi, I have 5hour layover at SEA before i take emirates to dubai. I will be fying from SLC in Alaska airlines. What is the best way I can spend my time. Can i leave the airport after checking my baggage and go sight seeing at seattle for about 3 hours.


    The Emirates check-in counter will probably not open until about 3 hours before your flight, so you will not be able to check your bags when you arrive. It takes 45 minutes each way to get from the airport to any sights you would want to see, so you would have very little time to see anything.


    Thanks ZAP. That was useful.


  • Underground tram
    Nov 5, 2014
    I am very claustrophobic and will be flying from NY to Seattle in January. I see that I may need to use an underground tram to get to main terminal. Are there any other options? Thank you.


    There are no other options if you arrive in the S or N Satellite. You'll have to suck it up and deal with it if you arrive at one of those concourses. Your only way to avoid it is to fly an airline that does not use those concourses, the airlines that don't use N or S are American, JetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country, United, US Airways, and Virgin America. All of those would at least offer a single connection itinerary between NY and Seattle and American, JetBlue and United offer non-stops.


    Thanks very much. I tried to find a phone number for the airport related to "medical" or "disability" but no luck. I will check out the airlines you suggest.


  • arriving via Alaska Air to Korean Air Departure Area to Philippines
    Oct 28, 2014
    I will be arriving on Oct. 31, 5 a.m. and I will be leaving at 2 p.m. via Korean Airlines. Can you help me how to proceed to Departure Area, Korean Air. Many thankx


  • transfer from Alaska Air to Korean Airlines Departure area
    Oct 28, 2014
    Good day. I will be arriving from Anchorage, AK via Alaska Air on Nov. 2 5 a.m. and I have flight via Korean Air on Nov. 2 12:p.m. Can you help me to locate Korean Air departure area. Thanx


    The Korean flight will leave from the S Satellite. You will arrive at the C or D concourse or N Satellite. If you purchased separate tickets and have checked baggage you will have to go to the main terminal to claim your bags and then take them to the Korean check-in counter.


  • arriving from Alaska Air transfer to Asiana Air departure
    Oct 28, 2014
    I will be arriving on Oct. 31 from Anchorage via Alaska Air at 5 am and I have transfer flight to Asiana Airlines at 2 pm. Can you help me how to locate Asiana Air Departure Area.


  • Transfer Time
    Sep 24, 2014
    I am flying KLM/Delta to Amsterdam. My incoming flight is KLM/Delta from Salt Lake and I have a 1hr transfer time. Is this enough?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Connection YVR-SEA-TKO
    Aug 30, 2014
    Do I have to enter the U.S. to check in with ANA and get boarding pass for Tokyo - NH1077? Or do I stay within secure area on arrival from YVR?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Vancouver, so your arrival into Seattle will be like a domestic flight. Did you purchase separate tickets? If so you will have to exit the secure area to claim your bags, re-check them with ANA, and then go back through security and to your departure concourse. If you purchased a single ticket then your bags will be checked through to Tokyo and you just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    I will have NO checked bags.


    In that case if you can get your ANA boarding pass before hand you can go directly from your arrival gate to your departure gate in S Satellite.


  • Seattle to Denver via Inchon
    Jul 5, 2014
    I am flying into Seattle from Inchon South Korea. I booked a separate flight on United the same day. I arrive at 1:10pm and then my domestic flight is at 5:00pm. Is that enough time to get through immigration, recheck in, security etc? thanks


    You will arrive at the South Satellite of SEA, where you will go through immigration clearance, pick up checked luggage, continue to customs (taking 30-60 minutes), then re-check-in your bags and go through TSA security screening prior to proceeding to your connecting flight. ( If you have duty-free liquid items, put them in our checked luggage to prevent confiscation at the security checkpoint.) United uses both the North Satellite (gates N1-6) & Concourse A (gates A1-14.) A shuttle train runs between N & S gates, and between the South Satellite and the main terminal. As you bought 2 separate tickets, you may need 2 boarding passes. You have plenty of time.


    Jun 24, 2014


    Yes, that should be plenty of time to make your connection.


    JetBlue uses Terminal 5 /T5 (and may sometimes use T4); Air Berlin uses T8. International Arrivals need to go through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance. Since you bought separate tickets, you will need to take your bags thereafter along to the connecting terminal, proceed to the Departures level & check it in with JetBlue; then proceed through security check on to your connecting gate. The 'Airline Terminals Train' on the upper level (follow signs) runs counter-clockwise between all terminals, on average every 10. minutes. After baggage re-check-in at T8 go through security check & on to your connecting gate. A 2-hr transfer time is advisable, but your afternoon arrival/departure may help you get to your connecting gate in time.


  • Mrs
    May 30, 2014
    I'm returning back to London. Heathrow from San Diego airport But I have a CONNECTING flight in Seattle Tacoma Airport before that. Do I have I have to collect or claim my baggage at SEA-TAC and RE-CHECK IN again ? Will i pass through the immigration and custom again ? which one comes first on my arrival to Sea Tac airport ? Which terminal is that and how will i get through the terminal ? Do i need to take a train. To go to the departure area? Is S satellite the. SOUTH one? I only hahe 2.5 hours as my lay over , is that enough time to do do all theses ?


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