Sea-Tac Airport to allow visitors post-security for first time since 9/11

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The Port of Seattle has begun trialing a new SEA Visitor Pass program that will allow members of the public to enter the post-security side of the terminal, even when they’re not flying from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), Washington.

From November 8 to December 14, 2018, individuals can sign up for the SEA Visitor Pass pilot program and take advantage of the events, amenities, restaurants and boutiques at the airport.

“It’s been 17 years since anyone without a ticket has been able to enjoy areas of the airport beyond security,” said Ryan Calkins, commissioner, Port of Seattle. “Yet some of the airport’s best features are there: great restaurants, local musicians performing in the concourses, and some of the best views of the planes coming and going against the backdrop of Mt Rainier and the Olympics. Airport staff continue to work to enhance the customer experience, not only for airport fans but also for families to connect. For now, this is a pilot program, but we’re excited to see if this is something the public is interested in.”

To be eligible for the pilot program, individuals must apply online before 1:30pm on the day before they wish to enter the terminal. Visitors must be approved by TSA and will be notified of their approval status by midnight the day before they enter. Entrance to the post-security side of the terminal is permitted from Tuesday through to Saturday from 8:00am to 9:00pm. The program is also limited to 50 visitors per day.

Approved visitors will go through the standard security checkpoints, so all security requirements for any traveler will be in place for visitors as well. Meeting travelers at their gates only applies to domestic arrivals.

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