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Air-side pet relief area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

This post replaces a much-edited earlier post about the indoor pet relief area at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport. Quick recap: Sea-Tac, or SEA, has three pet relief areas, two outside baggage claim (including one I just learned about today) and another inside the terminal — the two I’ve seen are mediocre (indeed, the outdoor pet relief area at the north end of baggage claim is one of the worst I’ve ever seen), but it’s so rare to find a pet relief area on the air side of security that I’m unwilling to complain too vigorously about the new pet relief area’s faults.

Please note that this move is only temporary; I learned today from Sea-Tac’s media and public affairs manager that the pet relief area will move back to its old location across from Vino Volo in a few weeks, after construction is finished on “a new exit lane technology.” [7/14 It has indeed returned to its old location, and here’s a post about its current appearance.]

The indoor pet relief area had been located across from the Vino Volo wine bar, but moved about half a year ago. It’s now located across from Gate C2. Follow the signs to the C gates, and then look for the pet relief area sign.

When you're looking at this sign, Gate C2 is to your left, and the pet relief area is down a short hall to the right

When you’re looking at this sign, Gate C2 is to your left, and the pet relief area is down a short hall to the right

If you’re going through the security line that debouches into the central terminal (with the wall of windows and the food court), find the pet relief area by turning right after security and walking past the Ex Officio store. Turn left at the Life is Good store. The pet relief area will be on your right, across from Gate C2 and down a very short hall. A door on your right opens onto a very small room equipped with the strip of AstroTurf from the old indoor pet relief area, a fake hydrant, and a trash can with clean-up supplies.

Another effort from my hard-working panorama app. Do not be fooled -- the room is no more than, say, 8' by 12'.

Another effort from my hard-working panorama app. Do not be fooled — the room is no more than, say, 8′ by 12′.

This is the third air-side pet relief area that I know of. The others are a new one at San Diego’s airport and a couple of magnificent ones at Washington’s Dulles airport. I hope the idea catches on, since it certainly saves pet owners (especially including owners of service animals, who are the main beneficiaries of the law that required U.S. airports to install pet relief areas) untold trouble. However, I hope airports look to Dulles rather than SAN or SEA for their model.

This post is part of an ongoing series of reviews of airport pet relief areas we’ve visited. To see others, visit Dog Jaunt’s handy guide to airport pet relief areas.