Travel News Air Travel Lucky Passengers at This Airport Can Now Schedule Airport Security Appointments Here's a new (and free!) way to skip the line By Stefanie Waldek Stefanie Waldek Instagram Twitter Stefanie Waldek is a Brooklyn-based travel writer with over six years of experience. She covers various destinations, hotels, and travel products for TripSavvy. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara on 05/04/21 Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. TripSavvy's fact-checking on 05/04/21 Share Pin Email David Ryder / Getty Images We certainly love traveling here at TripSavvy, but if there's one minor travel-related annoyance we have, it's the long lines at airport security. While there are paid programs that can expedite your experience (TSA PreCheck and Clear, for instance, which give members access to express lanes, among other benefits), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, or SeaTac, is launching a pilot program that allows passengers to pre-book a time slot for their security checks for free. As travel ramps back up, lines at airport security are inevitably going to grow—especially as the TSA is currently understaffed. So travelers who don't have TSA PreCheck or Clear might have to brace themselves for longer wait times. But that won't be the case at SeaTac. Starting today, the airport will allow passengers to pre-book security appointments through its SeaTac Spot Saver program. The free service is split into two options, depending on what airline you're flying. For now, priority access will be given to passengers flying on Alaska Airlines, which is hubbed at the airport. If you're flying Alaska, you'll be able to make your appointment online starting 24 hours ahead of departure. Once you've booked your slot (which can be made for the entire party you're traveling with, by the way), you simply show up at the airport at that time and head for TSA Checkpoint 5. If you're flying any other airlines, you can only reserve your spot once you've arrived at the terminal, either by scanning the QR code posted on signs near TSA Checkpoint 2. Essentially you'll be joining a digital queue. You'll be given a wait time, during which you can roam freely throughout the landside terminal—go shopping, have a bite to eat, check your bags, or just sit and relax. Then when your spot opens up, you head back to TSA Checkpoint 2 to go through security, all without waiting in the physical line. While the service is completely free of charge, it's only available to passengers who don't have TSA PreCheck or Clear. And for now, SeaTac Spot Saver will only be operational from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m.—peak travel time—through Aug. 31. But if the program is successful, we definitely expect to see it expand. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Renewing Your TSA PreCheck Is Now Cheaper Than Ever Airlines Are Now Adding—and Dropping—Flights in Anticipation of Future Travel Stretch Out and Enjoy Your Next Long-Haul With Lufthansa's New 'Sleeper Row' 7 Best Best Airlines in the US Secret's Out! Booking a Private Flight Isn't as Pricey as You Probably Think Delta Extends Frequent Flyer Status and Other Benefits Through January 2023 The TSA Reports a Spike in Travelers Over Labor Day Weekend International Travel as a Gender Non-Conforming Person is Tricky Air Travel Is Back—Here's What You Need to Know About Flying This Summer Jumping the Line With TSA Precheck; How to Pay With Airline Miles Best Ways to Prepare for Airport Security Screenings The Three Inspection Options at TSA Checkpoints A Guide to Airports in the Western United States The 9 Best TSA-Approved Containers of 2021 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Guide Air Travel Is at Record Highs Since the Pandemic Started—But Is It a Comeback?