Long airport lines make travelers mad and sad; these passengers were stuck in a SeaTac Airport delay last year. (Ellen M. Banner photo / The Seattle Times, 2012)
The summer travel rush began this week at Sea-Tac Airport with security lines so long that more than 150 people have missed Alaska Airlines flights, according to an airline official. It’s been taking as much as an hour to get through the TSA checkpoints at the airport at some times in recent days.
Part of the problem: One checkpoint (being re-designed to cope with the almost daily flood of cruise passengers flying home after their Alaska trips) is under construction and won’t re-open until next week. And the TSA has been closing another checkpoint earlier over the past 1.5 months, at 1.30 p.m. each day, said SeaTac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper.
“We’ve let TSA know we’re very concerned at how large lines have been this week. It’s unusual. We know it’s a busy travel season and these types of plans should be made ahead of time to get people through smoothly,” said Cooper. SeaTac passenger numbers always increase June through August as families and college students travel and cruises out of Seattle draw thousands of passengers almost daily.
If you’re going to Sea-Tac, here’s how to cope with the crush:
- Get to SeaTac early. At least two hours early, even for a domestic flight, recommends the airport.
- Remember that any of the TSA checkpoints at Sea-Tac will let you get