About one year ago, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) ran a trial program called SEA Visitor Pass. This would allow non-ticketed passengers to get past security. Great your loved ones right the moment as they step off the plane or say goodbye to your friend at the gate rather than at the security checkpoint. The SEA Visitor Pass gives you more time to spend with family and friends at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. You can also use it to dine and shop at one of the many restaurants inside the airport. I don’t see a lot of people going to the airport to dine or shop, as it is just too much of a hassle instead of going to a restaurant or store in your neighborhood. The only reason would probably lounge, but you won’t get any access to them as you are not a same-day ticketed passenger and therefore all lounge access is excluded. SEA was the first airport on the west coast to pilot a program for visitor passes last year.
Since Monday, December 16, 2019, the airport has brought back the SEA Visitor Pass as an actual amenity of the airport and so far there is no end date set. Up to 100 people will be admitted daily to visit the airport post-security. You can now do so seven days a week and can even get same-day approval.
All you have to do is fill out a form online. If you request approval for the same day, you will receive an email within 15 minutes with your approval status. Reservations can also be made up to seven days in advance and the approval notice will be sent at midnight the day of your visit.
The approval email will contain a QR code which you will have to show besides a TSA-approved I.D. SEA Visitor Pass guests can only use Checkpoint 3 to gain access to the secured facilities of the airport and only between the times of 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. The last entry is daily at 9 p.m.
Unfortunately, expedited screening like TSAPre or Clear is not honored with the SEA Visitor Pass. You can bring a personal bag through security but the same TSA rules apply as you would go on a plane. Make sure you are familiar with what is allowed through security checkpoints and what not.
The SEA Visitor Pass is only granted for personal use, any commercial or business use is prohibited and your access to the program will be revoked if you get caught using the program for such. However, joining a business meeting is perfectly o.k. and you can request a visitor pass for such.
Reasons to get a Visitor Pass
- Spend more time at the gate with family or friends
- Surprise your arriving service member at their gate (for domestic arrivals)
- Bring your family to watch planes come and go
- Participate in the Celebrations at SEA events
- Have a great meal in a restaurant or bar
- Pick up a gift at the airport’s boutiques
- Attend a live music performance
- Request a SEA Visitor Pass 7 days a week at the official airport website.
Only 100Now 200 visitors are approved for any given day. If your date is grayed out, then there are no more passes available for that day
- Approval e-mail will be sent within 15 minutes for same-day visits or midnight of the day of your visit for advanced reservations
- The approval notice will have a QR code which you need to show as well as a valid government-issued I.D.
- Go to Security Checkpoint 3 at the Airport
- Entry Times are between 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
- Last entry is at 9 p.m.
- For more questions check the FAQ page of the SEA Visitor Pass
What are your thoughts on this program? The SEA Visitor Pass is absolutely a great idea and I wish more airports would offer passes like this. Especially for aviation enthusiasts, this is a big benefit. Do you think you will use this benefit or have you used it already?
Other Airports with similar programs
- Tampa International Airport (TPA)
- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
- Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
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