The swanky, new, state-of-the-art, International Arrivals Facility (IAF) formally commenced welcoming and processing all worldwide arrivals at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) on Tuesday.
We stopped with the aid of to take a few snaps, witness the professional first-day operations, and accumulate some of lovers SEA changed into giving out bearing the names and skylines of global towns served.
What’s the big deal approximately SEA’s new arrivals facility?
Well, the vintage one was dark, cramped, out-of-date, and universal just a sad way to mention “Welcome to Seattle and the USA.”
The new one has a beautiful 85-foot-excessive aerial walkway and a large (450,000-rectangular-foot) grand corridor for luggage claim and customs processing.
We’d watched because the facility changed into built. But now that it’s fully operational, we’re satisfied that StuckatTheAirport.com’s headquarters is in Seattle so we get to apply it.
Here are a few extra snaps from our go to on the cut-over day.
The aerial walkway is the celebrity of the show. Passengers get super views out to the mountains and rancid to the town. Plus, there’s the treat of seeing planes go by using underneath from the longest structure over an lively taxiway.
Accessing the walkway is a thrill too on a ride up one of the longest sets of escalators inside the u . s .. Too lengthy? There’s an elevator option as properly.
Passengers may also tour along the aerial walkway by foot or hitch a trip on the shifting sidewalk. With such great perspectives, we advocate a slow amble.
And then there’s the bag claim and arrivals hall. Which is now a million instances greater welcoming than what greeted passengers earlier than.