TSA Precheck at SEA

Old Feb 21, 19, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by bzman View Post
I couldn’t believe the lines at SeaTac this am. The standard TSA lines are winding thru the terminal. TSA Precheck line was 22 minutes. I have never, anywhere seen it that long. No ridiculous holdups or inspections either. Just a lot of people.
The "new normal"
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Old Feb 21, 19, 10:14 am
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Yeah Clear + PreCheck seems to be the way to go... but also as a MVP Gold+ you could use the premium lane
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Old Feb 21, 19, 10:20 am
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It's mid-winter break, so not too much of a surprise
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Old Feb 21, 19, 10:38 am
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Read something the other day on Twitter that parking at SEA was also completely full - another indication that crowds are heavy there. Was also surprised to learn that the SEA parking garage is the second largest in the world, and the largest in North America.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 10:45 am
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Edmonton is still in North America
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Old Feb 21, 19, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by bmvaughn View Post
Edmonton is still in North America
The lots around the WEM aren't a single garage though
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Old Feb 21, 19, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by be_rettSEA View Post
Read something the other day on Twitter that parking at SEA was also completely full - another indication that crowds are heavy there.
Yeah, I had a day trip yesterday. There was space up on the 7th and 8th floors but you had to hunt it down (I parked all the way at the far end - it was quite a hike back to checkpoint 4). Cars were parked all over; on the curbs, in the yellow restricted zones, literally everywhere. Someone had parked on the curb so close to the exit ramp I could barely squeeze back down.

And I can't speak to today, but yesterday around 7:30 am there was little to no line at Precheck. I had to walk through the whole maze but then only ended up behind two people in the actual line.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 11:20 am
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Thanks for the heads up. Just landed in SEA and didn't even think about re-clearing security tomorrow evening. Might be exciting
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Old Feb 21, 19, 5:59 pm
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Mid winter break weeks for local schools all week. No issues last week when I was traveling through SEA TSA but this Monday the longest I recall for the past 5 years where TSA line was a winding path and took 20 minutes through.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 10:37 pm
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You mustn't fly through SEA in June, July or August. This is quite normal.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 4:54 am
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Originally Posted by bmvaughn View Post
Edmonton is still in North America
For reference -- https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/...the-world.html

Note that DTW has two parking decks on property. The 11,500 space McNamara terminal deck and the smaller "Big Blue Deck" serving the North terminal. There's also a couple surface lots (the "Green" lots).

https://www.metroairport.com/parking...g-term-parking
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Old Feb 22, 19, 6:02 am
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Originally Posted by tusphotog View Post
You mustn't fly through SEA in June, July or August. This is quite normal.
Fly out of Seattle year round. Even during cruise seasons I had not seen the TSA line as long as it was on Monday of this week. It was 5-6 snake turns. I seriously contemplated walking down and go through the first class line but had a work phone conversation that could be done while waiting. No big deal as the line was reliably moving.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 8:03 am
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I also considered the Premium line but they had it shut down, at least at the far north (#5?) checkpoint. Ah well...at least I got the upgrade!
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Old Feb 22, 19, 2:08 pm
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I flew out of SEA both last Saturday and Tuesday and I've never seen it more busy. The lines were insanely long. I am always flying AS so I generally only use checkpoint 4 for Pre. I thought I'd head down to 1 (had to find it because I thought it was beyond checkpoint 2 but you have to walk out beyond the ticketing area for Hawaiian and the international group). There was literally no one in line and 2 agents. If it's busy at 4, I'll definitely try 1 again.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Nurse Traveler View Post
I generally only use checkpoint 4 for Pre. I thought I'd head down to 1 (had to find it because I thought it was beyond checkpoint 2 but you have to walk out beyond the ticketing area for Hawaiian and the international group). There was literally no one in line and 2 agents. If it's busy at 4, I'll definitely try 1 again.
Great tip. I hope that you and others will keep us updated.
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