SEA Layover Ideas IFLYER FORUM

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SEA Layover Ideas DISCUSSION

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.
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.
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?
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.