You won’t need a boarding pass to cross security with new Sea-Tac Airport program

But you will need to be pre-approved by TSA

By Natalie Guevara, SeattlePI

Published

7:06 am PST, Friday, November 9, 2018

Passengers walk through Concourse A at Sea-Tac Airport.

Passengers walk through Concourse A at Sea-Tac Airport.

Photo: Don Wilson, Port Photographer

Keep clicking for “bucket list” travel destinations for 2018…

20. Take an Alaskan cruise

“As the largest and most sparsely populated state in the US, Alaska presents visitors with wide open country few have ever experienced.  A venturesome traveler will come across glaciers and mountains framing rolling hills whilst animals graze the valleys.”

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20. Take an Alaskan cruise

“As the largest and most sparsely populated state in the US, Alaska presents visitors with wide open country few have

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Photo: © Ruth P Peterkin 2014 Royalty Free

19. Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey.

“Everyone has dreamed of softly flying over cityscapes and rolling fields — seeing the world from a different vantage point, from above.  But few places on earth provide such a spectacular view as Cappadocia, Turkey, known for its underground cities and abodes which burst from the very rock faces which cover the land.”

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19. Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey.

“Everyone has dreamed of softly flying over cityscapes and rolling fields — seeing the world from a different vantage point, from above.  But few

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Photo: UZAY HACAOGLU, STR

18. Experience Bali, Indonesia

“Bali is a land of lush forests, paradise beaches, tropical flora and fauna, and cultural significance which any traveller can find meaning and beauty in. Whether you are looking for an adventurous bucket list destination or an excursion meant to rejuvenate yourself, the famed Island of the Gods has it all.”

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18. Experience Bali, Indonesia

“Bali is a land of lush forests, paradise beaches, tropical flora and fauna, and cultural significance which any traveller can find meaning and beauty in. Whether you are looking

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Photo: Ratnakorn Piyasirisorost/Getty Images

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17. Sleep under the stars in the Sahara

“Gold toasted sand clash with purple skies, creating a harmonious balance that could only be achieved in the Sahara Desert. Transported to a land unlike any other, you feel as though this was all created specifically for you. Situated in North Africa, the Nile Valley, the Atlas Mountains of the Maghreb and the Sahara is a vast desert land named the third largest in the world.”

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17. Sleep under the stars in the Sahara

“Gold toasted sand clash with purple skies, creating a harmonious balance that could only be achieved in the Sahara Desert. Transported to a land unlike any other, you

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16. Tour the vineyards in Bordeaux, France

“Bordeaux, France’s number one wine producing region, is home to over 100,000 vineyards, each tied together by their famous region but with a personality all their own. For wine connoisseurs, or those who simply find true enjoyment in a glass of wine and engaging conversation, Bordeaux is a must. Its stunning views, delectable food, and sensational opportunities for cultural exploration mark Bordeaux, France, as one of a kind.”

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16. Tour the vineyards in Bordeaux, France

“Bordeaux, France’s number one wine producing region, is home to over 100,000 vineyards, each tied together by their famous region but with a personality all

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Photo: Bob Edme, Associated Press

15. See the Taj Mahal

“Named a World Heritage Site in 1983, the Taj Mahal is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Each year, millions of tourists form long lines at its gates for a glimpse of the exquisite semi-translucent white marble screens and pietra dura — a detailed marble inlay decorated with hand-carved flowers and thousands of glistening semi-precious stones.”

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15. See the Taj Mahal

“Named a World Heritage Site in 1983, the Taj Mahal is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Each year, millions of tourists form long lines at

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Photo: ANNE MCDONOUGH

14. Walk around the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

“As the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat will send shivers down your spine by the immense power and incredible history threaded in every step of the 162 hectares of temple land. As a national symbol of Cambodia, Angkor Wat stands as the height of culture and civilization which connects to its electrifying past of various religions (Hindu and Buddhism at the forefront) and kings.”

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14. Walk around the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

“As the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat will send shivers down your spine by the immense power and incredible history threaded in every

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13. ‘Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef,’ Cairns, Australia

“Vibrant colours, immense seabed and unique marine life will transport you to a world you’d never know existed beneath the surface. Welcome to the Great Barrier Reef, a 2000 km stretch of coral off the coast of Australia which will surely make every second of diving, snorkelling, swimming, and sailing heart pounding and exhilarating.”

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13. ‘Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef,’ Cairns, Australia

“Vibrant colours, immense seabed and unique marine life will transport you to a world you’d never know existed beneath the surface. Welcome to

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Photo: Sergey Ryazansky/NASA

12. Explore Western Cape, South Africa

“Not only is the Western Cape home to Cape Town and Table Mountain National Park, but this area also boasts cultural flair and a brilliant attitude unique to South Africa. The Western Cape welcomes bucket list goers with its world-renowned wilderness areas such as Cederberg and epic vineyards near Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the top wine-producing region in South Africa.”

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12. Explore Western Cape, South Africa

“Not only is the Western Cape home to Cape Town and Table Mountain National Park, but this area also boasts cultural flair and a brilliant attitude unique to South

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Photo: Guenter Lenz, Getty Images

10. ‘Go island hopping in Greece’

“Jewelled waters, quaint accommodations, stunningly-white architecture and endless sun collide here — leaving visitors unsure where to look first. Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes are three of the most popular destinations for a retreat, but any Greek island is meant for unforgettable moments of exploration and relaxation.”

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10. ‘Go island hopping in Greece’

“Jewelled waters, quaint accommodations, stunningly-white architecture and endless sun collide here — leaving visitors unsure where to look first. Santorini, Mykonos,

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Photo: David Hendricks / San Antonio Express-News

9. ‘Explore otherworldly Iceland’

“With steaming natural springs that make you sweat and snow-capped cliffs that take your breath away — Iceland is a magnificently diverse place that’s enchanted adventurous travellers for decades. Boasting towering cliffs, black sand beaches and peaks at the Northern Lights, it’s no wonder exploring Iceland tops the bucket list charts with all the qualities of an otherworldly experience.”

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9. ‘Explore otherworldly Iceland’

“With steaming natural springs that make you sweat and snow-capped cliffs that take your breath away — Iceland is a magnificently diverse place that’s enchanted

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8. Take a ‘gorilla trek’ in Central Africa’s Virunga National Park, Rwanda

“Become one with nature and give into your primal instincts while walking with giant gorillas in Central Africa. This heart-pounding excursion allows you to encounter some of the most majestic creatures on earth. Expert tour guides will make sure every second of your journey is worth the arduous trek.”

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8. Take a ‘gorilla trek’ in Central Africa’s Virunga National Park, Rwanda

“Become one with nature and give into your primal instincts while walking with giant gorillas in Central Africa. This heart-pounding

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Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images

7. ‘Stay in an overwater bungalow’ in the Maldives, French Polynesia, Fiji

“Waves crashing against white-hot sands. Golden sun warming your face. The stillness of the world surrounding you in unmatched relaxation as you lay on a balcony suspended over jewel-coloured waters. This is your own private overwater bungalow, the quintessential tropical getaway where cool waters lay steps down from your room, and where breakfast on the water awaits while the sun rises.”

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7. ‘Stay in an overwater bungalow’ in the Maldives, French Polynesia, Fiji

“Waves crashing against white-hot sands. Golden sun warming your face. The stillness of the world surrounding you in unmatched

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6. Get lost in the streets of Paris, France

The storied past of la Ville des Lumières (the city of lights) makes its streets an easy way to literally walk through history. And with no shortage of delicious food and drink (bottles of wine in the park are a delight), you have little to lose just wandering the streets of France’s capital city.

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6. Get lost in the streets of Paris, France

The storied past of la Ville des Lumières (the city of lights) makes its streets an easy way to literally walk through history. And with no shortage of delicious

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5. ‘Sail the Galapagos Islands’

“The Galapagos Islands are a world of uncommon treasures: animal species found nowhere else in the world, blue waters teeming with life, and phenomenal island views. This volcanic archipelago of 19 islands off Ecuador’s coast are known for their incredible amount of species that influenced the work of Charles Darwin.”

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5. ‘Sail the Galapagos Islands’

“The Galapagos Islands are a world of uncommon treasures: animal species found nowhere else in the world, blue waters teeming with life, and phenomenal island views. This

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4. ‘Trek to Mache Picchu,’ Peru

“Machu Picchu was home to the Inca emperor Pachacuti and is inundated with the holiness this place calls for. This bucket list destination is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and attracts the attention of 400,000 tourists every single year.”

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4. ‘Trek to Mache Picchu,’ Peru

“Machu Picchu was home to the Inca emperor Pachacuti and is inundated with the holiness this place calls for. This bucket list destination is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

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Photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

3. Get yourself somewhere to see the Northern Lights. (Iceland, Sweden, northern Canada, Alaska are all good locales)

“Dancing across the sky in otherworldly colours, this all-natural light show reminds us that our planet is filled with an abundance of wonder.  Because of this, witnessing the Aurora Borealis firsthand is meant for everyone’s bucket list.”

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3. Get yourself somewhere to see the Northern Lights. (Iceland, Sweden, northern Canada, Alaska are all good locales)

“Dancing across the sky in otherworldly colours, this all-natural light show reminds us

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Photo: Rene Rossignaud

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Photo: Don Wilson, Port Photographer

Passengers walk through Concourse A at Sea-Tac Airport.

Passengers walk through Concourse A at Sea-Tac Airport.

Photo: Don Wilson, Port Photographer

You won’t need a boarding pass to cross security with new Sea-Tac Airport program

A new program launched this week by Sea-Tac Airport will allow travelers to relive an experience of a bygone era.

The SEA Visitor Pass program will allow non-travelers to pass through airport security to visit with their traveling companions, whether they’re picking up an arriving passenger, waiting with a departing passenger or just having a drink with someone during their layover.

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This was a fairly routine occurrence before 9/11, when airport security guidelines became more strict.

“It’s been 17 years since anyone without a ticket has been able to enjoy areas of the airport beyond security. And yet some of the airport’s best features are there,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins in a press release. “Great restaurants, local musicians performing in the concourses, and some of the best views of the planes coming and going against the backdrop of Mt. Rainier and the Olympics.”

RELATED: Japan Airlines to return to Sea-Tac Airport; flights start March 31

Non-passengers will not be able to just arrive at the airport and pass security without a boarding pass.

First, they must apply online between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the day before they wish to visit the airport, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will notify visitors by midnight whether or not they have been approved.

RELATED: Report: Federal air marshals have begun following Sea-Tac fliers

Non-travelers will only be allowed to pass through security from Tuesday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. They will also need to pass through TSA security checkpoints and will need to follow the same rules as someone who is flying. They will not be allowed to meet someone arriving from an international destination at their gate as those passengers will need to pass through immigration.

The program is in its pilot stage, which is expected to run through Dec. 14. During the pilot, the Port of Seattle will study the feasibility of making the program permanent.

Producer Natalie Guevara can be contacted at natalie.guevara@seattlepi.com.

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