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 Int'lSouth Terminal2014-12-21WTMD only for passengers connecting from an international flight. 440p
 AA22014-08-12Careful choice of lanes led me to the WTMD-only lane at the left end. Pre-check got WTMD at the other end. Checkpoints 3 through 5 all had one lane sending people through WTMD but others were MMW. You can access any gate from any checkpoint so if you have time you are able to walk up and down to see where is a good lane.500a15
 AS2014-07-31MMWs were roped off. WTMD for everyone. Like it should be.920a
 AS12014-07-16WTMD only - south end of terminal7a20
 Int'lSOUTH TERMINAL2014-05-20
 DL2013-12-17TSA PRE had a number of fliers not "PRE" that had no idea what to do.700a15
 AS32013-10-27After electing to opt out of the millimeter wave, I had to wait over 10 minutes before a female assist was available12p25
 AS32013-10-27After electing to opt out of the millimeter wave, I had to wait over 10 minutes before a female assist was available12p25
 AS32013-10-20didn't seem to be any way to avoid a scan. had to opt out. got patted down. no overt rudeness on their part. i still have bad memories of being screamed at (literally) by a tsa jerk at stl years ago because I didn't know they had a rule against pets being on the floor. he threatened me with a $500 fine. of course, just trying to get through security with a dog is hard enough without being screamed at.6a
 ASRight2013-09-18Family line/medical WTMD only720a
 UA32013-08-11Checkpoint 3 is the only one open this early (but others open soon after). The left few lanes at CP3 only have WTMD. None were open for general passengers at 4am, but I noticed only a few people were sent through the MMW in the center lanes whereas roughly half were sent through the MMW in the right lanes. General strategy at SEA is pick Checkpoint 3 or 5 and stay as far left as possible. Every time I follow that strategy I get to pass through the WTMD only.400a25
 AS32013-07-14Precheck line is WTMD-only. At least today, it was also possible to go through the precheck lane -- after waiting in the regular line -- even if you didn't have PreCheck.430p10
 ASSouth Satellite2013-06-22WTMD between international arrivals and the rest of the airport.
 ASn gates2013-06-21too slow. sucks1220p
 ASC2013-06-11Only one scanner lane, metal detector lanes not in use220p60
 WN42013-05-30In the left lane there is no scanner and everyone went through the metal detector. You can tell where there used to be a scanner for that lane so I'm sure it's only temporarily gone and will be replaced soon...130p20
 AS32013-05-25Checkpoint 3, Lane 1 is the TSA precheck line and is WTMD-only. The same checkpoint had at least one other WTMD line. The N/D checkpoint also appeared to have one WTMD line. Other checkpoints were scanner-only.450a5
 ASN/D2013-04-12Everyone through metal detector; scanner blocked off. 540a
 ASD/N2013-03-22Far left line used to be WTMD only -- line roped off and most people put through BKSX, with some randomly picked to go through alternative WTMD next to it.500a
 Int'lSouth Satellite2013-03-09WTMD between international arrivals and the rest of the airport.
 AS3 (central), precheck2013-03-07line 1 is precheck; with Global Entry pass is WTMD only730p0
 WNCenter 2013-02-22Far left checkpoint to avoid body scanners 10
 ASCheckpoint 42013-02-09Far left lane had option of WTMD or BKSX. Walked right up to WTMD and got waved through. All other lanes at checkpoint were BKSX. One lane at Checkpoint 3 appeared to be WTMD only as BSKX was taped off. Line was way longer at 3 so we went through at 4.10a5
 Int'lsouthern most2013-02-06As far as I could tell no one was given the option for a pat down, appeared that the metal detector machine was shut down, everyone was directed to be scanned1000p5
 DLCheckpoint 22012-12-23Alternating between BKSX NOS and WTMD. Got lucky, but they were typically angry and abusive with the woman who opted out behind me. SEA is just terrible, it's shameful for our region. 800p10
 UA5 (D/N gates, premier line)2012-12-20Random backscatter. I got lucky. There is no longer a WTMD only line on the far left. Staff were warm and friendly.500a7
 ASD/N gates2012-12-20No longer any WTMD only line on the far left, I got lucky and went through WTMD. 1020a
 Int'lSouth Satellite Terminal2012-12-16WTMD after you've cleared immigration/customs and before you continue to the rest of the airport.
 AS32012-11-29All BKS except pre-check which was WTMD520a5
 AllAll2012-11-21100% Backscatter for everyone except PreCheck510a
 UAnorthernmost/rightmost2012-11-19Leftmost lane of this checkpoint still has no backscatter (appears to be a space issue); you can drift off to the left at this checkpoint. Other checkpoints seem to have backscatter for everyone, but they all go to the same place.1050a10
 ASnorthernmost/rightmost2012-11-10Leftmost lane (which has just metal detector) was closed; at first they were doing every-other for backscatter vs metal detector, but both partner and I went through metal detector after they made it more random.830a10
 B622012-11-07Three baggage lanes open, two feeding alternating WTMD/BKSX line, third had only the WMTD open. strangely, that had a longer line. TSA staff seemed unusually pleasant and friendly tonight.1000p10
 ASChk point 3 Pre-check line2012-10-25Went thru WTMD (only one in Pre-check line. Very fast200a2
 DLCenter2012-10-13I don't think anyone in the center checkpoint was going through scanners, but not entirely sure1020a10
 UAMiddle checkpoint2012-10-13Far left lane still is WTMD, and you can pick your lanes. Easy-peasy SDOO. Gal behind me got a random hand swab, though.600a10
 AllMiddle2012-09-30The line crawled until they got a second checker to help the slowest checker ever; by which point the line had ballooned. Rapiscan was down for maintenance, however, so SDOO was easy.950p10
 ASA2012-09-27At each check in point, there was a preimer line at the far left. Once you got pass the initial scan of your ID and boarding pass, then try to go all the way to the far left. That is where the premier line is and it is a WTMD no NOS. All other lines had blue cancer boxes using BKSX900p5
 UAFar south checkpoint by B gates2012-09-20Barking TSAs were ordering elites out of checkpoint 5 and insisting that the far south checkpoint had no line. Untrue, the line took 25 minutes, and elites were funneled into the Nos. I waited till two people were in line for the NoS and innocently walked through the WTMD. Didn't get stopped, but almost everyone was getting the cancer box this am.630a25
 UA52012-09-11Elite lane next to Precheck lane led to WTMD, the scanner was blocked off today. Guy behind me picked for random shoe swab.930a10
 AS52012-08-26SDOO -- far left lane goes to WTMD. However, after I got in line, TSA was directing others into the scanner line.600p
 USSC 32012-08-13Scanners blocked off on far right lanes. Far left lanes going through backscatter. Keep head up and you'll be fine. Took a red eye on a Monday. 800p20+
 US22012-08-09PreCheck closed. Only WTMD for first/premier line on far right. Back scatter in other lines. Most laptops pulled for swabbing, hence long waits at x-ray. Staff were quiet.810p15
 AllCheckpoint 32012-08-05Long wait late night at SEA, but no machines in use.1120p30
 AA52012-07-22Easy SDOO. Long line in regular lanes, no line in PreCheck/elite/military lane.5a
 ASD/N gates2012-07-15Still easy SDOO by staying left through doc checker stations in regular lanes. Bear left after doc checker to access a WTMD only lane. All gates are accessible from this checkpoint.710a25
 UA42012-07-14Choose your own adventure in the left and right lanes; most passengers in center lane sent through back scatter.500a10
 UA5 (N gates)2012-07-11Lines moved very slowly today, not sure why. Lady TSA was checking boarding passes at head of line, and was sending some people off to other gates, I was headed to N gate, so she let me through, not sure what she'd have done if I was not ticketed on UA and not headed to d/n gates. I was able to SDOO by staying to left where WTMD is located. Lady behind me was picked for random search. 540p15
 UACheckpoint 32012-07-06The previous safe checkpoint (#5, where the left lane was safe) is closed for renovation, and all other checkpoints have backscatter in use for all passengers. Opting out was fairly easy though the screener was brusque. No harrassment.930p15
 UA52012-06-30Backscatters roped off in the Elite line (not PreCheck). Very long wait time, very crowded, but TSA staff were cheerful and pleasant. Many random swabbings of electronics.650a25
 Int'l22012-06-28Several international flights all going out at around the same time meant long lines. But the far right was WTMD only, and passengers can choose their own advenure.12p15
 AA22012-06-20Most Xrays were roped off at this time. Easy SDOO.710a10
 UA32012-06-15PreCheck closed; only checkpoint 3 open. Some Backscatters roped off; I got lucky. Staff was snippy.840p10
 52012-06-14WTMDs at the far right and far left; everyone else got irradiated. SDOO followed by a supposedly random laptop swab. 1100a10
 UANorth2012-06-14usually this checkpoint is fast but it was a long wait! got randomed on the wtmd again. they were swabbling random people's hands at ID check. got bag swabbed on random wtmd alarm. at least no longer a glass holding box. looked like the radiation booth was shutdown due to long waits and everyone was sent through a wtmd, but not quite 100% certain of this. chose far left lane, which has traditionally been wtmd only520a20
 ASCheckpoint 52012-06-04Far left lane still WTMD only, and scanner free! 800a5
 VX52012-05-13Stay in the far left lane -- it's WTMD. The TSA person was confused because she'd never seen a Virgin boarding pass before, but cleared that up. Access to all gates. Random ID checks at the gate itself, but no groping whatsoever!620p5
 B622012-05-12Far right lane was WTMD only - backscatter was roped off for this lane.530p5
 AllCheckpoint 5 (North)2012-05-10Left lane is WTMD only. Easy SDOO. Access to all gates. 850a4
 USCheckpoint 22012-04-29X-ray operational for most passengers in center lane; xray roped off in far right lane, WTMD only. Xray in use for all lanes at checkpoint 3;, for probably 80% of travelers. Did not check north/5. 1000a15
 AllA, N, S2012-03-15The left hand lane is still almost always open only to the WTMD. SDOO a breeze most days.700a10
 ASA, N, S2012-02-11had to opt out12
 DLS2012-02-04Courteous and professional TSA staff. We are a family with small children We had already decided that none of us would submit to pat down or nude-O-scope, we planned to miss our flight if either was required. We were very glad just WTMD so we could fly that day.1130p10
 WNNorth2012-01-30Rightmost lane was 100% scanner, had to opt out1100a15
 VXD/N (farthest North)2012-01-29far left lane wtmd only, but it went off on me at random (tsa announced it as "random"); i only got a swab of one of my items (no "pat down")5a
 DLCheckpoint 52012-01-27WTMD in far left lane is still open. Our gate was at the opposite end of the terminal, but once through security we could walk or take the tram to get there.1130a
 AAA2012-01-26Back scatter infuse 720a
 DLA, N, S (South end of main terminal)2012-01-20Rapiscan X-rays in place; far left lane (of 3-4 open) had WTMD. TSO's were urging passengers to go to the screening points at the north end of the terminal because of 'long waits' even though the line was not long and was moving efficiently. I mentioned that due to recent surgery, I'd rather not walk across the whole airport, TSO sarcastically asked 'so you'd rather stand?' 1200p7
 UA5 (D/N)2012-01-05I was all prepared to do the rare and glorious double-opt-out, but thanks to TSA Status, I knew to take the far left lane in Checkpoint 5, so I didn't even have to do anything special. Just walked through WTMD no problem. It doesn't matter what your gate is. You can reach everything from inside security, so just pick Checkpoint 5 (the checkpoint closest to the D and N gates), pick the far left lane, pass through the WTMD, and find the way to your gate afterwards."410a5
 UACheckpoint 5 (N/S gates, northmost)2012-01-03Halfway through the ID line wait, line splits into thirds; stay in the left third. Middle lane is 50/50, left lane is safe (doesn't appear to have enough space to put in a scanner).600a10
 ASNorth2012-01-03Left lane still has wtmd only. Easy sdoo. 300p1
 ASNorth (D/N)2012-01-03Reports of the self directed metal detector lane on the far left were accurate. All other checkpoints (A, B) were scan city700p
 UANorth checkpoint2012-01-02Elite line 100% scanner, had to opt out, WTMTblocked710a15
 ASN2011-12-30I was very glad to see this site, and followed the advice to stay in the left lane. Just went through the WTMD, there was no problem. I did get chosen for "random screening", which was a breeze. Thanks to all who posted before.430p
 UACheckpoint 5 D/N2011-12-22Longer wait time, but very friendly. SDOO for Elite/First/Crew line if you stay to the far right side. BKSK at all other lines.630a10
 WNMain2011-12-20WTMD and BKSX in use, possible to select your own lane after the document checker. 840a
 ASD/N2011-12-19The far left lane is still safe, HOWEVER, this checkpoint closes early in the evening. If you arrive at the airport after 7 PM, this checkpoint may not be an option.
 UACheckpoint 5 (D/N)2011-12-12SEA is now mostly safe for elites at this checkpoint. Use the elite lane and you'll walk straight into a metal detector-only lane. Just don't veer left at all after the ID check- stay right against the wall. Far left lane still works for non-elites to SDOO.700a
 WNMain2011-12-05Choose your own adventure by going to the rightmost (elite / A-list) even after going through the general queue
 UACheckpoint 52011-12-01Left lane has no BKSX. Easy SDOO at ckpt 5.1p
 ASC&D gates2011-11-30random chance, got lucky with goon pointer (that means I did NOT get groped, used WTMD)1000p5
 Main2011-11-24100% backscatter
 Main2011-11-24100% backscatter at central checkpoint; no WTMD option. Self-directed WTMD on far right (elite/first/crew) at D/N checkpoint.
 AllCheckpoint 42011-11-19Scanner shut down in one line. If you can't SDOO at other checkpoints, use the far left lane at Checkpoint 5 (North) for a metal detector-only lane.
 ASInternational2011-11-06Its beyond me why they have a checkpoint in the middle of a sterile area, but I guess I should remember this is the TSA. Fortunately, no cancer machines and one of the guys was friendly.
 UAD2011-10-19left lane had no scanner. also, noted that over at c/d the scanners were not in use
 COCheckpoint 32011-10-06Mandatory backscatter at 11:00 pm with profoundly invasive pat down for opt-outs. Many staff, only one lane open. Many passengers complaining.
 UAD/N (North Checkpoint "5")2011-09-22The reports of the far left lane being scanner-free are totally accurate. There is new construction at this checkpoint, so the scanner-free right lane is not currently accessible. It is choose-your-own-adventure after the ID check stations, so the elite line can be used -just make a hard left immediately after.
 UA42011-09-19All lanes were tsa choice, but I found one understaffed lane with only wtmd.
 UAD/N2011-09-19I succumbed to the temptation of using the premier lane to avoid the wait. I was presented with a WTMD next to (left of) a BKSX. I was using the left x-ray belt, and I couldn't tell if I got lucky on the timing or if everyone on the left was going through the WTMD and everyone on the right through the BKSX, and I didn't stick around long enough to figure it out. Next time I'll use the regular line and bear to the left; most people seem to have good luck with that.
 DLS2011-09-14Most lines have both scanners and WTMD, if you have your wits about you, you can select the WTMD like.
 ASD/N2011-09-11Premium security lane led straight to the WTMD (at the far right).
 DLCkpt 22011-09-08Furthest ckpt at the end backscatter is off
 UANorth, N and S Gates2011-09-01Veer to the left to self-select, no backscatter in that lane. Entered at 9:30 a.m. The guy ahead of me got a random swab of his hands. Screener at WTMD yelled "Random 1-2" for him.
 ASAll2011-08-31A - All WTMD except the far left (but all had BKSX); B, all BKSX except the far right; C, all BKSX. Use the left lane at the D N gates for WTMD.
 ASAll2011-08-31A - All WTMD except the far left (but all had BKSX); B, all BKSX except the far right; C, all BKSX. Use the left lane at the D N gates for WTMD.

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