These are the steps you have to take between getting off the airplane and leaving the airport for international arrivals in Sea-Tac (or at least all the arrivals I can remember at Sea-Tac):
1) go through immigration
2) get your luggage off the carousel
3) go through customs
4) put the luggage back on a conveyor belt
5) take the people mover
6) go back up and wait for your bags again
Is there any other airport that makes you do steps 4 and 6? It’s crazy.
And why do you have to get your luggage, go upstairs, walk on the sky-bridge and take an elevator down again to get a cab? It’s like 500 meters and a dozens signs to find your way (I don’t take taxis often) while in most airports you can get surface transportation by just walking outside. And what’s up with $4 for a luggage cart? Those are free in virtually every other airport, and would be really nice for the cases you have to walk 500 meters with all your bags from the second baggage claim…
I could go on (and on), but I’ll stop there. The Port should drop the $400+ million parking garage and fix the airport that’s already there.