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Changing Planes In SEA, Re-check In Required?  
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4657 posts, RR: 25
Posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

Hey all,

Well here I am chillin' in Taiwan when something came across my mind. When I return home (Calgary) I'll be flying NW from here to Tokyo, then NW from Tokyo to SEA. But from SEA to YYC I'm on Horizon. Now my itinerary shows my flight from SEA to YYC as "NW flight 2330 operated by Horizon Airlines"

Will I have to pick up my bags and re-check them in for the final leg of my flight? Or would they just go from plane to plane even though it is a different airline? I'm hoping I won't have to as I have almost 3 hours there and I don't want to spend half of it standing in lines.

Thanks!  Smile


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User currently offlineAq737 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

I'm pretty sure that you can interline baggage. Especially since Horizon and Northwest are partners. I did that a couple years ago with NW and RenoAir...They did my family fine, but left my baggage in SEA when my mom came up separately. I do not think you will have to recheck bagagge.


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Your bag should be tagged all the way through to YYC in Taiwan itself. You will have to collect the bag to clear US Customs in SEA though, but then you drop it off immediately after at the transfer desk - and then proceed to your next gate. No need to stand in line and get a new tag.

User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

All international flights come into the south satellite terminal. Once through customs you'll either have to take the underground tram to the central terminal if that's the Horizon gate location (which probably means going through security again), or instead, after outside of customs, go back up to the gate area and take a Horizon shuttle over to the terminal. You'll have to show your ticket...it's only for Northwest/Horizon connecting passengers. It'll save time and hassle. A few Horizon flights operate from the international terminal but I'm not sure which ones. Not necessarily those from Canada...some clear U.S. customs in Canada before departure.

User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

In terms of receiving boarding passes for the flights, you should receive those upon check-in in whereever (T1 at Taipei Chang Kai Shek Airport I gather), and the bags will be checked through to it's final destination (even if you're flying some weird airline, as long as interline bag contracts exist they're good to go), and that's pretty much it.

Airlines often have "edifact" agreements with each other (I'm not quite sure if that's the exact term for it), that allows them to issue boarding passes for flights not operated by them. For example, at work we receive a large amount of BA boarding passes for passengers originating in LHR or other destinations where their first segment is on British Airways.


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User currently offlineFsuwxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

Isn't Horizon in the North Satellite... if so won't you have to go through the checkpoint again...what a pain...

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User currently offlineTZSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 207 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2455 times:
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You should recieve boarding passes all the way through when you check-in in Taiwan. Northwest and AS have a reciprocal agreement. All QX flights operate with an AS code....so you should be good to go!

As far as bags, I'm not sure about NRT customs, but you will have to claim them in SEA customs, but be able to drop them at the transfer point and then claim them in canadian customs at YYC (fun for you.....two customs checks in one trip) Have a good trip!


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4657 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

Thanks all who replied. It looks like I won't have to check in again which is good. The fewer lines I have to wait in the better!! On my way out to Taiwan I went YYC-MSP and it was easy because YYC has US customs here. So you get it all over with right away. I'm hoping in SEA it won't take forever to go through customs. Oh well though, gotta do what you gotta do!!

I flew NW on all flights out here I must say I was impressed. I've heard some bad stuff about NW on this board but have yet to see real evidence of it. All my flight were great, good service from friendly F/A's. Ground staff very helpful etc.

Well, thanks again. I'm having fun in Taiwan but of course I look forward to flying again.

Kris from YYC

User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1920 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

As mentioned, you have to carry your bags through customs at SEA. After dropping them off at the transferdesk, you will have to go through security before they let you into the general South Satelite passenger area. When you're cleared, you can choose between riding the train into the main terminal and make your way the North yourself (you will then have to go through Security once again) or you can co to gate S-16 (or is it 18?) from where they will take you over by ramp bus.

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