5 reasons to enjoy SeaTac Airport

SeaTac UA plane
Not many people get excited about airports- myself included. Airports are most commonly associated with the frustration that comes from getting stuck in unexpected drop-off traffic (it’s 2pm!), delays, being asked to get naked and then scanned, and paying $20 for a burger.

When I was leaving for my last trip to Europe, a miracle happened- I had the most amazing airport experience. At security, I was sorted into a line where I wasn’t asked to remove any clothing or the contents of my bags, everything went quickly and where the TSA agents seemed *gasp* happy. Maybe that put some rose-colored glasses on me, but I just had a great time at the airport that day…

1.It’s only $2.75 from Downtown Seattle to SEA

Thanks to the new(ish) lightrail, it only takes about 45 minutes (with walking to the terminal from the station) and a whole $2.75 to get to the airport. Once in a while, I’ll park my car downtown to pick up an out of town guest up from the airport so that I don’t get too much passive aggressive road rage during rush hour.

2.The Rocking Chairs

I walked into the main terminal to find rocking chairs scattered about, facing the ceiling to floor windows. Rocking chairs! I sat, rocked, and watched planes take off and land for a while (especially since I’d just breezed through security).

The view from my rocking chair.
The view from my rocking chair.

3.The Live Music

I hadn’t been sitting for 5 minutes when I heard a strange noise. It wasn’t that horrible enterprise radio… no, it was… it was live music! There was a small stage set up, where someone went up periodically to perform. To make it even more fun, there were musicians set up at different points of the terminal playing music. Apparently SeaTac has a music initiative to highlight the local music scene. So cool!

4.Good Seafood

I have a personal ritual of getting either fish & chips or the clam chowder from Ivar’s before departing. I don’t remember when I started it, or why, but it’s a nice little taste of home before I head off to explore. If you’re more into the restaurant scene, Anthony’s is just across the terminal and also has great seafood. It’s rare that an airport has food that sounds appetizing and isn’t twice the price that you’d normally pay.

Okay, so I have a little obsession...
Okay, so I have a little obsession…

5.Sir Mix-A-Lot Makes Announcements

Finally, it was nearing time to board. I was walking to my gate when suddenly, I heard a familiar voice that instantly made me smile. It was Sir Mix-A-Lot, of Baby Got Back fame making the announcement about unattended luggage! Making airport announcements interesting? Whaaaaat?


Of course there’s a Starbucks and a Dilettante (for mocha and hot chocolate lovers) a stone’s throw away from each other. However, this didn’t make the list because I don’t like getting coffee before a flight- I like to be able to fall asleep the second I settle down in my seat.

Okay, okay, unless it's a pumpkin spice latte and I'm leaving the country. Then I HAVE to have one last one :)
Okay, okay, unless it’s a pumpkin spice latte and I’m leaving the country. Then I HAVE to have one last one 🙂

// Do you have a favorite airport? Any good airport experiences to share? I feel like we only ever share the stuff that gets our blood boiling. Share some happy thoughts below!

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4 thoughts on “5 reasons to enjoy SeaTac Airport

  1. Sir Mix-A-Lot?! Seriously? That’s so funny, wonder how they convinced him to do that gig…

    I definitely appreciate airports that are comfortable and not depressing, especially when you have to spend a lot of time there. I took a little layover nap in an airport rocking chair like that last year haha – I think it was Philly or Baltimore but I don’t even remember!

    Love the motivation to share happy thoughts instead of travel gripes – I think we get caught up in that without realizing sometimes! Perfect timing as I just heard that tomorrow is the UN’s International Day of Happiness 🙂

    1. Yeah! He’s from Seattle.

      Seriously. It makes such a big difference. I think my favorite airports tend to have huge windows. Haha nice! In Beijing, they have chairs that I swear you’re supposed to nap on- they’re pre-reclined and have fake bamboo in a plastic box between each of the seats. It was pretty amazing.

      Thanks! I think that part of it, too, is our mentality of it. As silly as it is, looking forward to having my pre-flight fish and chips totally makes angry TSA agents and having to take off everything not seem to matter so much. I knew that UN International Day of Happiness was coming up, but a totally happy coincidence on the timing of the post. But let’s just say that I’m that awesome 😉

  2. Wow, I had no idea of most of these improvements! Amazing! I haven’t been there since mid 2012, and I think that’s just before they started the live music initiative. I was wondering though, would it be annoying to hear bands if you’re coming in from a long flight all weary-like? I love your Ivars tradition… they never seem to be in any hall I fly out from but I need to look harder next time. We have the best airport.

  3. Another reason why Seattle is the best. Next time I fly to SEA I am going to have to take a bit more time to savor the airport experience! They have the rocking chairs in Charlotte and a few other airports I have been too- and man they are so nice to sit in!

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