Sea Tac Seattle International Airport

Airport Security

Security Checkpoints

The security checkpoints are managed by the Transportation Security Administration . There are three main checkpoints at Sea-Tac and a fourth that is opened as needed during peak periods (see checkpoint locations on Main Terminal map ). Travelers can reach their gates from any checkpoint. The central checkpoint is open 24/7. The opening times for the north and south checkpoints are determined by the airlines’ schedules for that day.

Security Measures

Security procedures vary for domestic and international flights and by carrier. Up to date information is available on the TSA website. . Travelers with questions should check directly with their airline .

Airlines Gate Location*Baggage Claim Carousel
(all baggage from international flights is delivered on Carousel 1)

Air Canada (including Air Canada regional airlines)
800 247-2262
North Satellite 15
Air France
800 237-2747
South Satellite 1
AirTran Airways
Concourse B 10 – 11
Alaska Airlines
800 426-0333
Concourse C , Concourse D, North Satellite 12 – 15
American Airlines
800 433-7300
Concourse A 2
AMC (Air Mobility Command) South Satellite 1
Asiana Airlines
800 227-4262
South Satellite 1
British Airways
800 247-9297
South Satellite 1
Charter Airlines South Satellite , Concourse B , Concourse C 5, 6
Condor (Twice weekly flights to Frankfurt begin 6/23/11 )
South Satellite 1
Continental Airlines
800 525-0280
Concourse B 9
Delta Air Lines (now encompasses Northwest)
800 221-1212
South Satellite 3, 4, 5
800 695-1188
South Satellite 1
Frontier Airlines
800 432-1359
Concourse A 6, 7
Hainan Airlines
888 688-8813
South Satellite 1
Hawaiian Airlines
800 367-5320
Concourse A 1
Horizon Air
800 547-9308
Concourse C, South Satellite 12, 13
South Satellite 1
JetBlue Airways
Concourse A 6
Korean Air
(206) 241-1576
South Satellite 1
Lufthansa Airlines
800 399-LUFT
South Satellite 1
SkyWest Airlines (operating as United Express or Delta) North Satellite (United Express)

South Satellite (Delta)

15, 16
3, 4
Southwest Airlines
800 435-9792
Concourse B 10, 11
Sun Country Airlines
800 359-6786
Concourse A 1
United Airlines (including United Express)
800 United-1 (864-8331)
North Satellite 15,16 (1 for international arrivals)
US Airways
800 428-4322
Concourse A 8, 9
Virgin America
877 359-8474
Concourse A 5

The airport drives are for passenger drop off and pick up only . Parking on the drives is not allowed. Traffic is growing at Sea-Tac and can come to a dead stop when a car blocks the drive. Unattended cars are also a serious safety hazard. If you need to go inside the airport, even for a short time, use Terminal Direct or General Parking .

If you leave your car on either the upper (ticketing level) or lower (baggage claim level) drive, your vehicle will be towed. The towing fee is $150 with an additional $20 parking ticket. Even if you rescue your vehicle from the tow truck’s clutches before it drives away, you will be charged the full $150 fee and given a $20 parking ticket.

Rental Cars

Nine rental car companies have information counters in the Baggage Claim area, and five have car pick-up and drop-off at the airport on the first floor of the garage across from the Main Terminal. In addition, off-airport rental car companies provide courtesy van service to the airport.

On-site counter and cars

  • Alamo : 1-800-462-5266
  • Avis : 1-800-331-1212
  • Budget : 1-800-527-7000 (local reservations), 1-800-527-0700 (out-of-town reservations)
  • Hertz : 1-800-654-3131
  • National : 1-800-328-4567

On-site counter, off-site cars

Off-site counter and cars

Many hotels and off-airport rental car companies provide free courtesy van service for their guests and customers. Contact hotels and rental car companies directly.

Exclusive pick-up and drop-off zones are on the third floor of the parking garage. Arrangements can be made from courtesy telephones on the Baggage Claim level.

Buses, Shuttles and Courtesy Vehicles

Map of Ground Transportation Locations

List of Ground Transportation Providers by Location/Destination

Shared Ride Van Services | Scheduled Airporter Services | Courtesy Vehicles | Regional/Local Airline Shuttles

Shuttles and buses run almost continuously around the clock, with scheduled departure and arrival times.

The Ground Transportation Information Booth is on the third floor of the Parking Garage. You can also dial 55 from any Traveler’s Information Board at the base of the Baggage Claim escalators for ground transportation information.

For the most current schedule, rate and reservation information, please contact the shuttle or bus company directly.

Shared-Ride Van Service

Shuttle Express

Service from the Airport: Passengers are picked up at the inner drive curb on the third floor of the Airport Garage .

Service to the Airport: Call 425-981-7000 for reservations. Passengers are dropped off at their airline.

Shared ride, door-to-door service to:
Auburn, Bellevue, Bothell, Everett, Federal Way, Fife, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Lakewood, Mercer Island, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Seattle, Steilacoom, Tacoma, Totem Lake and Woodinville.

Scheduled Airporter Services

Downtown Airporter

(855) 566-3300

$15 one way
$25 roundtrip

Downtown Airporter picks up and drops off passengers at the inner drive curb on the third floor of the Airport Garage . It departs twice an hour from 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., with service to and from major downtown Seattle hotels: Madison Renaissance, Crowne Plaza, Fairmont Olympic, Hilton Hotel, Seattle Sheraton, Grand Hyatt, Westin Hotel and Warwick Hotel.

Other Scheduled Airporters

All the scheduled Airporters listed below pick up and drop off passengers in the parking lot outside of Door 00 at the south end of the Baggage Claim level. You can check in with your service at the Airporter Check-In Counter near Door 00 on the Baggage Claim level .

Airporter Shuttle


Service to and from the Alaska Ferry Terminal, Anacortes, Anacortes Ferry to San Juan Islands, Bellingham, Blaine, Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Ferndale, La Conner, Marysville, Mt. Vernon, Oak Harbor, Stanwood, Whidbey Island NAS and Yakima.

Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter


Service to and from Bangor Submarine Base, Bremerton, Gig Harbor, Gorst, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Purdy, Silverdale, and Northwest Tacoma. They also serve Ft. Lewis, Madigan Hospital and McChord Air Force Base.

Capital Aeroporter

Seattle: 253-838-7431
Olympia: 360-754-7113
Tacoma: 253 927-6179
Outside Western WA: 1-800-962-3579

Service to and from Centralia, Chehalis, Federal Way, Fife, Hoodsport, Lacey, Lakewood, Olympia, Parkland, Puyallup, Shelton, Tacoma, Tumwater, and Union.

Olympic Bus Lines


Twice daily service to Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Discovery Bay and Kingston

Quick Shuttle


Service to and from Vancouver, B.C.

Vashon Shuttle


Vashon Island

Whidbey – SeaTac Shuttle


All communities on Whidbey Island

Courtesy Vehicles

Courtesy buses for area hotels and motels, off-site rental car facilities, and off-site parking lots pick up and drop off passengers on the third floor of the parking garage at Islands 1 and 3 .

For information on public transportation serving Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, see our Public Transit page.

Regional/Local Airline Shuttles

The shuttle for Kenmore Air picks up outside Door 00 on the Baggage Claim (lower) level.