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There have been luggage weight limits for a long time, but they had been rarely enforced. The first time I remember the weight limits being enforced was at Miami airport when we were returning from a Caribbean cruise (Miami airport sucks). They nailed us for $25 each for two bags that weighed over 50 pounds. We had never heard of anything like that. We have since gotten smaller bags are more careful about packing. We try to keep the bags well under the 50 pound limit.
During our vacation we bought many books which can be heavy. My wife also bought some beads which are kind of heavy. And we also collected a bunch of sea shells, and rocks. In order to keep our checked baggage under 50 pounds, we loaded our carry-on bags with the heavy books, beads, and shells. The checked luggage contained mostly clothes, and shoes. Our checked bags weighed in at 46.5 pounds and 44 pounds. Our carryon bags are pretty heavy though. But with wheeled luggage, it is not that big of a deal since we don’t have to lift them much or carry them. We still made sure to pack the expensive and irreplaceable stuff in the carry-on luggage. But using this method we have managed to bring a lot of stuff home without paying the fees from the overweight luggage.

I grew up about 10 miles south of Seatac airport. When I was young, I spent many Saturday afternoons at the airport just goofing around and exploring. We would spend time on the mezzanine level checking out the displays of confiscated weapons and drugs near the security office. There was one whole concourse that wasn’t being used, and we would slide down the smooth metal divider between the up and down escalators. We would explorer any hallways, unmarked doors and elevators. Once we found ourselves in the control tower when we took an unmarked elevator.
Now as an adult, I fly in and out of Seatac airport when ever I come to Seattle to visit my relatives. The airport has changed a lot of the years. Recently they changed the roads into the airport. It used to be one simple loop. Today as I wanted to return our rental car, I had to drive far more north and then come back down. They had a temporary entrance into the rental car return that was poorly marked and I saw it as it was too late to turn into it. I had to drive all the way around again to make it into the rental car return.
There are far more restaurants and stores in the airport than there were when I was a kid. But then that has been happening in most airports. Of course with all the security changes after 9/11, the airport landscape has changed. There is no way kids could have play in the airport now, like I did as a kid.
There were lines checking in at the ticket counter, but they moved at a reasonable pace. There was a line going through security, and that too moved reasonably.
My wife has the complaint that she went to buy a bottle of pop where she stood in line, only to have the store close as she got to the counter.
But overall it is a decent airport.




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