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(The Daily Beast)   Just in time for holiday travel, here are the 25 worst airports in America. Reasons why your local airport should be #26 to the right   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 203
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2012-11-19 07:50:05 AM
Needs Andy Rooney describing them.
 
2012-11-19 08:12:16 AM
To be fair, you can't blame all problems on the airport. Atlanta is a Delta hub. Doesn't matter what the airport does you are going to get crappy service, delayed flights, and lost luggage.
 
2012-11-19 08:39:00 AM
25 San Antonio Int'l
24 Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL)
23 Sacramento Int'l. (SMF)
22 Lambert-St. Louis Int'l. (STL)
21 Cleveland Hopkins Int'l. (CLE)
20 San Diego Int'l. (SAN)
19 Midway Int'l. (MDW)
18 Baltimore/Washington Int'l. (BWI)
17 Ronald Reagan National (DCA)
16 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l. (FLL)
15 McCarran Int'l. (LAS)
14 William P. Hob by (HOU)
13 Logan Int'l. (BOS)
12 John F. Kennedy Int'l. (JFK)
11 Denver Int'l. (DEN)
10 Philadelphia Int'l. (PHL)
9 Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l. (DFW)
8 Los Angeles Int'l. (LAX)
7 Miami Int'l. (MIA)
6 La Guardia (LGA)
5 Washington Dulles Int'l (IAD)
4 O'Hare Int'l. (ORD)
3 George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
2 San Francisco Int'l. (SFO)
1 Newark Liberty Int'l (EWR)

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2012-11-19 09:36:22 AM
Atlanta's only saving grace is the smoking rooms.
 
2012-11-19 09:41:12 AM

Cythraul: Slideshow, and for some reason, the 'view all' only shows me a spread of images that I have to individually click on to get more information.


Now, with pictures

The whole article is pretty pathetic. It's just stats. Nobody cares about stats. And it shows Denver at 80% on time but also shows pretty well in the "amenities" department. So to me, if you're gonna get delayed, at least get delayed in a nice airport.
 
2012-11-19 09:44:50 AM
I'd agree that JFK is less bad than LaGuardia. I've only flown out of Newark once and that was on a 7am flight, so that probably doesn't tell me much.
 
2012-11-19 09:53:50 AM
I've flown out of Hopkins several times. Pretty good airport.
 
2012-11-19 09:54:05 AM
I had a 9 hour layover in Newark coming from overseas. Most boring day of my life.
 
2012-11-19 09:54:48 AM
Sorry but this list fails ...

Miami should be either #2 or 3 behind Philadelphia and Hartsfield in Atlanta.

FLL is a better experience than BWI, but not the worst.
 
2012-11-19 09:55:44 AM
I live in San Diego. The last time I flew anywhere I based my choice of airline on what terminal they used, because terminal two has been farked for a year now.
 
2012-11-19 09:56:49 AM
I would call the methodology of this list stupid, but that assumes that this list has a methodology.
 
2012-11-19 09:57:42 AM
Not surprising all the NYC-area airports are high on the list. I always try to fly out of White Plains if there's a flight available.
 
2012-11-19 09:58:05 AM
Woot! Tulsa isn't on the list!

/to be fair, Tulsa is too small to be annoying to most people.
 
2012-11-19 09:58:48 AM
I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.
 
2012-11-19 09:59:17 AM
I flew out of Tampa international and minneapolis / st paul airport and both were simply fantastic.

Tampa has by far the nicest airport I've been too in a long time, the shuttles are a plus.
 
2012-11-19 09:59:22 AM
I am surprised that Phoenix Sky Harbor isn't listed, and that Sacramento is. Luggage service was my only issue at SAC, everything is an issue at PHX.

The only two I haven't been to on the list are Newark and LaGuardia. Thankfully.
 
2012-11-19 09:59:41 AM
Better headline: Our 25 busiest major hub airports are overloaded. Get over it.
 
2012-11-19 10:00:08 AM
Dulles at #5??? Seriously?? I farking love Dulles. But then again I'm an L.A. native so I'm easily impressed by airports that are not LAX.

Worst international airport is Heathrow.
 
2012-11-19 10:00:23 AM
As much as I dislike living in AZ (mainly because of the political climate here), one thing I love is the Tucson Airport. First of all, I only live about 10 minutes away from it. Secondly, I can show up an hour before my flight and still have time to spare. Also, economy parking is $3 per day. The weather here is good, so you rarely have delays getting in or out.

Contrasted with Philly (the airport to which I fly the most since it's near my hometown), which is such a steaming pile of crap. The TSA agents there are the most unpleasant I've ever encountered. The flights rarely leave on time. Parking is a freaking nightmare. I miss a lot of things about Philly. The airport isn't one of them. I'm surprised it wasn't first on the list.
 
2012-11-19 10:00:25 AM

Cythraul: 25 San Antonio Int'l
24 Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL)
[SNIP]
1 Newark Liberty Int'l (EWR)

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Thank you for the list.

Locally at ORF, they just tape your stinky dildo to the outside of your luggage.

i.imgur.com

But really, the TSA makes them all miserable.
 
2012-11-19 10:00:39 AM
So Philly can be 10 and 26?

/never had any problems there
 
2012-11-19 10:00:46 AM

Rapmaster2000: I would call the methodology of this list stupid, but that assumes that this list has a methodology.


No kidding. I think several of these airports are pretty good: DIA, Regan, McCarran, etc. The on-time stats have more to do with the major carriers at the airport than the airport itself.
 
2012-11-19 10:01:19 AM
Eh, I'm usually pretty impressed by how fast they get people through security in Atlanta. Not through particularly skillful TSA agents, they solve the problem with brute force: 12-15 simultaneous lines. Plus the airport's layout is brutally simple and efficient, unlike the maze in that shiathole Miami airport.
 
2012-11-19 10:01:58 AM
No 'Sky Harbor with infant-toting crazy woman driving on the runway'? FAIL
 
2012-11-19 10:04:11 AM
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2012-11-19 10:04:28 AM
I can't believe that Orlando isn't on this list- the security wait times are insane.
 
2012-11-19 10:04:31 AM
In the USA, Miami is probably the worst of the major airports. In the developed world? Frankfurt. Frankfurt is, I'm sure, an experiment by aliens to see how much bullshiat we'll put up with from Germans.
 
2012-11-19 10:04:44 AM
'how is this not simply the 25 largest airports in america?
Also, SFO is pretty righteous, I question this list.
 
2012-11-19 10:04:58 AM
I'll never again fly through San Francisco International. Did it 10 years ago going from Seattle to Santa Barbera, missed my connection due to fog, and spent 8 hours waiting for a new flight.

Did it again over the weekend. Seattle to Austin on United Airlines, flying with my wife and two kids under 10. Missed my connection because of a two hour delay in Seattle because of something going on in San Francisco. (Listening in on the ATC frequency, as we pulled back late from the gate, the controllers called our pilots and were told there was a company delay now, and we waited another hour). We missed our flight, and didn't make standby on the flight 8 hours later. The airline refused to put us up in a hotel. We only made it to Austin 24 hours after we left.

Funny part is, when we went to get our bags (they only agreed to pull them because i'd idiotically packed my insulin) we were told it could take up to three hours to get them. When I told the baggage guy that wasn't acceptable, he got huffy with me and said, "Well, isn't the airline paying for your hotel?" I had to walk away before I slugged him.

/not a violent guy
//felt like committing murder after 10 hours at SFO.
 
2012-11-19 10:07:17 AM

Eat More Possum: To be fair, you can't blame all problems on the airport. Atlanta is a Delta hub. Doesn't matter what the airport does you are going to get crappy service, delayed flights, and lost luggage.


Detroit is also a Delta hub, and it's pretty decent.

/Just make sure to always fly in and out of the same terminal, because it's faster to just hire a taxi to the next terminal than wait for the shuttle to get back to your car.
 
2012-11-19 10:07:37 AM
30 minutes is the maximum wait time at PHL? Who the fark are they kidding - I've never gotten through security there in less than 30 minutes. Early flights can see up to 2 hours. This airport, and the entire city, are nasty smelly pieces of shiat. The kind of nasty shiat that's been bottled in seawater and left to fester in the sun for a few weeks, maybe with a raw egg tossed in on top. Horrific.
 
2012-11-19 10:08:05 AM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: I can't believe that Orlando isn't on this list- the security wait times are insane.


Forgot this airport. THIS
 
2012-11-19 10:08:52 AM
Worst airports I've been in - obviously anecdotal - are Las Vegas and Charlotte.

LV's security lines are unbearable. Not only are the vacationers often totally retarded, the security staff is disorganized and occasionally imperious. More than usual.

Charlotte just sucks. I haven't flown down that way without stupid layovers or traffic problems. I've missed flights because they couldn't dock our plane within forty-five minutes. Some of it was weather related, most of it wasn't. Airport itself is not bad.


Haven't flown through Houston enough to know one way or another. Atlanta is just way too big not to occasionally suck. Austin is pretty great, but it's a small city. O'Hare is like Atlanta - it's just really freaking big, alright?

The New York area airports are aging and need to be upgraded/made bigger. But I've never had huge problems here.
 
2012-11-19 10:09:42 AM
Wait, you mean there are actually good airports somewhere? As far as I know, they all suck.
 
2012-11-19 10:10:19 AM
O'Hare is #4? Yeah... that sounds about right. No complaints.

All of these are still better than Paris/Charles de Gaulle. Ugh.
 
2012-11-19 10:10:29 AM
I've lost several pounds sprinting through Atlanta's airport trying to make connecting flights.
 
2012-11-19 10:10:32 AM
that's pretty much all the majors really -
So only regionals are worth going to?

How about just driving?
 
2012-11-19 10:10:33 AM
#1 -- Newark. JERSEY! JERSEY! JERSEY! JERSEY! JERSEY! FARK, YEAH!
 
2012-11-19 10:10:46 AM

LockeOak: Eh, I'm usually pretty impressed by how fast they get people through security in Atlanta. Not through particularly skillful TSA agents, they solve the problem with brute force: 12-15 simultaneous lines. Plus the airport's layout is brutally simple and efficient, unlike the maze in that shiathole Miami airport.


I've gone to ATL for work once a year for the past 3 years (including last week), and I'm always impressed with how it's set up. It could be faster and less maze-y, but I like how everything's centralized.
 
2012-11-19 10:11:00 AM
I'm gonna leave my choice here

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2012-11-19 10:11:12 AM
I fly out of Midway all the time and I don't usually have many problems except for long security lines. But maybe I just like it because it has my favorite airport bar of any - Reilly's Daughter.
 
2012-11-19 10:11:25 AM
Any large airport is going to be a better experience that my hometown right now. Because of North Dakota's oil boom, our airport, which was built to handle 150,000 passengers per year, handled over 350,000 last year. Parking is nonexistent. The people that check you in for your flight are the same people that load your baggage on to the aircraft, unload the other aircraft coming in, and handle the aircraft on the apron. There are three gates which were completely wasted a year ago on the one airline that serviced the area, and now can't support the multiple flights from the 4 airlines that are here now. Add to all that the fact the on every flight I've taken in the last few months I've been stuck behind or beside some rig-rat that smelled of booze and the worst BO known to human kind, and I long for the days of just dealing with fatties and screaming babies. I flew in from MSP last week on Tuesday night, and from the time our plane landed on the runway to when I got my bags was 30 minutes longer than my hour and 15 minute flight from Minneapolis. LAX that morning was a dream compared to Minot International.
 
2012-11-19 10:12:21 AM
I travel more than most of you. 100k miles on delta this year, probably another 25 on other airlines.

Atlanta is actually pretty good if you're on Delta. Even if you're not, they have good food, and even though it is HUGE it is much simpler than some of the other big airports (LAX, O'Hare, Dulles, Newark, JFK and LaGuardia) to navigate and change planes. You either go through domestic security or international, and from T1 to F 16 is about 10 minutes... Try doing that in Dallas.

Charlotte has to be one of the worst, and it isn't on this list.
 
2012-11-19 10:12:39 AM

Lord Dimwit: In the USA, Miami is probably the worst of the major airports. In the developed world? Frankfurt. Frankfurt is, I'm sure, an experiment by aliens to see how much bullshiat we'll put up with from Germans.


Heathrow is pretty bad. You often have to take buses between terminals for connections. Buses. And the terminals aren't particularly close together. And you have to go through security again because you've left your former terminal. And nothing's terribly well marked.

There's a reason, like, six other airports have popped up around London - Heathrow is so bad.

But I understand these are absolutely no comparison to some of the scary, dangerous hellhole airports in other countries like the Philippines.
 
2012-11-19 10:13:41 AM
The delay avareages look about consistent with the rest of the world. Heathrow in the 80's, Frankfurt in the low 80's. Charles farking deGaulle in the 70's. It's nothing more than a sign of too much aluminum, too little concrete which is the case throughout the world.
 
2012-11-19 10:14:29 AM

hornblowerfan: Dulles at #5??? Seriously?? I farking love Dulles. But then again I'm an L.A. native so I'm easily impressed by airports that are not LAX.

Worst international airport is Heathrow.


Dulles has one of the slowest security lines of airports that I regularly go to. I've waited an hour at peak times. LAX is worse though because it's about 45 minutes all of the time.

ATL is consistently the fastest security for me, unless it's something like Spring Break and then it can get to an hour as well.
 
2012-11-19 10:16:36 AM

Lord Dimwit: In the USA, Miami is probably the worst of the major airports. In the developed world? Frankfurt. Frankfurt is, I'm sure, an experiment by aliens to see how much bullshiat we'll put up with from Germans.


THIS times infinity.

The only English phrase that Frankfurt airport personnel are required to learn is "Not My Problem".
 
2012-11-19 10:17:48 AM
So...that was simply a list of almost every major airport in the US. Big whoop.
 
2012-11-19 10:17:54 AM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: I can't believe that Orlando isn't on this list- the security wait times are insane.


I agree with your sentiments, and acknowledge wholeheartedly the validity of your comment.

OIA sucks balls.
 
2012-11-19 10:19:00 AM

Rapmaster2000: LAX is worse though because it's about 45 minutes all of the time.


I got through security at LAX last Tuesday in about 5 minutes and I was traveling with a 10 year old. In the last year I've flown out of there about 6 times and it's never been longer than 10 minutes or so. Hell - sometimes I even go back out through security and grab a smoke if I've got a long enough wait and it's never been any issue. You must look like a terrorist or something.
 
2012-11-19 10:19:08 AM
I'd like to see a list of the best airports in the U.S. I wonder if AUS (Austin-Bergstrom Int'l) is on there.
 
2012-11-19 10:19:30 AM
I've flown into at least 3/4 of these airports, and I maintain that Miami is the worst of all. We joke that it wouldn't be a vacation if I weren't stranded in south Florida for some amount of time.
 
2012-11-19 10:19:32 AM
How is Salt Lake City not on that list? They have one security gate for the whole friggin' airport. It takes days to get through it.
 
2012-11-19 10:21:03 AM
My favorite airport was the old one at Devil's Lake, ND. Guy named Bob ran it. Pretty sure he was the mechanic, air traffic controller, janitor, mayor, and sherriff of all Devil's Lake. Everybody said if you need something, ask Bob. He's back in the hangar. Just ask Bob.
 
2012-11-19 10:21:11 AM

jaylectricity: Cythraul: Slideshow, and for some reason, the 'view all' only shows me a spread of images that I have to individually click on to get more information.

Now, with pictures

The whole article is pretty pathetic. It's just stats. Nobody cares about stats. And it shows Denver at 80% on time but also shows pretty well in the "amenities" department. So to me, if you're gonna get delayed, at least get delayed in a nice airport.


Came to say this. The worst airports are where security is a nightmare or they make it almost impossible to get from gate to gate to make connections or if they have almost zero inside if you are forced into a delay. The delays themselves are due to weather or the airlines.

Bad airports I've been to:
Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!

Reagan - security is a pain and the place is tiny.

Charlotte - Made connections through here a few weeks ago. Apparently it's a hub for US Air which sucks because the place is tiny. Difficult to get around the throngs of people.

Cleveland - weird layout that makes connections a real pain. I'm biased though because Continental stranded me there once.

Fort Lauderdale - Made a connection here and my flight was delayed. Looked like it was last remodeled in 1979, the carpet smelled and it was way too small to handle the number of people that were going through it. There was nothing to eat either.

Miami - I know they have been working on it but last time I was there was about 5 years ago. We had to make a connection from one terminal to another in about an hour. No transit, had to hoof it. My wife who was 7 months pregnant at the time was not amused.

Good airports:

SFO - never had any problems the times I've been there
Denver - It's big but it's pretty easy to get around in.
Atlanta - never had a problem here, even transferring between terminals
DFW - I'm a bit biased because I'm in Dallas so I fly through DFW all the time but in general it's pretty easy to get around in. They have transit between terminals both inside and outside of security. There's food and lots of flights. I think a lot of people don't like DFW because they don't like American.
 
2012-11-19 10:22:35 AM
Looks like someone has a bone to pick with United. There's no way that ATL or DFW is worst than EWR.
 
2012-11-19 10:22:37 AM
DFW is on the list, but I've never had any problem there other than mid-summer thunderstorms. It was always my preferred connection point when I was flying HNL-STL as few times a year (the other choices being LAX and ORD).
 
2012-11-19 10:22:48 AM

nucular bum: I'd like to see a list of the best airports in the U.S. I wonder if AUS (Austin-Bergstrom Int'l) is on there.


I really liked that one. Quick, painless, and very modern. Only thing was that I wished there was more food.

I also only left from there and didn't land there because delays at LGA caused me to miss my connecting flight in Dallas, which forced me to call my friend who was driving from Dallas to Austin and ask him to turn around (he was about 30 mins into his ride) and pick me up. But that's a story for another day.
 
2012-11-19 10:23:22 AM
I have been to several of those (SFO, Miami, Logan, Ft Laud, Denv.) and didnt really think they were all that bad. In my opinion the absolute worst, and it didnt even make the list, is John Wayne airport.
 
2012-11-19 10:24:19 AM

cfreak: jaylectricity: Cythraul: Slideshow, and for some reason, the 'view all' only shows me a spread of images that I have to individually click on to get more information.

Now, with pictures

The whole article is pretty pathetic. It's just stats. Nobody cares about stats. And it shows Denver at 80% on time but also shows pretty well in the "amenities" department. So to me, if you're gonna get delayed, at least get delayed in a nice airport.

Came to say this. The worst airports are where security is a nightmare or they make it almost impossible to get from gate to gate to make connections or if they have almost zero inside if you are forced into a delay. The delays themselves are due to weather or the airlines.

Bad airports I've been to:
Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!

Reagan - security is a pain and the place is tiny.

Charlotte - Made connections through here a few weeks ago. Apparently it's a hub for US Air which sucks because the place is tiny. Difficult to get around the throngs of people.

Cleveland - weird layout that makes connections a real pain. I'm biased though because Continental stranded me there once.

Fort Lauderdale - Made a connection here and my flight was delayed. Looked like it was last remodeled in 1979, the carpet smelled and it was way too small to handle the number of people that were going through it. There was nothing to eat either.

Miami - I know they have been working on it but last time I was there was about 5 years ago. We had to make a connection from one terminal to another in about an hour. No transit, had to hoof it. My wife who was 7 months pregnant at the time was not amused.

Good airports:

SFO - never had any problems the times I've been there
Denver - It's big but it's pretty easy to get around in.
Atlanta - never had a problem here ...


I was surprised to see Atlanta on there, too. Of the airports I've been to, Dulles, Atlanta, and Minneapolis airports have been very good. Perhaps it is just because I usually use low-rate carriers, but I've never had extraordinary problems with delays.

/the Minneapolis airport had a restaurant whose definition of "spicy" was "pour black pepper on it"
 
2012-11-19 10:25:47 AM
Denver Intl rocks. Doesn't the Daily Beast pride themselves for being 'intellectual?'
 
2012-11-19 10:26:15 AM
I don't travel nearly as much as I used to... but my local airport is great other than ticket prices. Small, some jet service, and the TSA isn't so busy that they're surly. Oh, and no peep-show machines, either.

In the last year I've been to SCE, PHL, SFO, ICN, HKG, PEK, IAD, LGA, YUL, BRU, SXB, and JFK.

JFK was the worst of all of them - Delta's terminal 3. The lounge was terrible, overrun with people and charging(!) for drinks! Fortunately I got to skip the security line on the way out (business) and I got to skip the immigration line on the way in (probably 500 deep, thank God for Global Entry). But getting from the terminal to my car was a freaking hike. Ten minutes from airplane to curb, over an hour to get to my car with bags using the Airtrain.

I flew out of JFK on LH twice a few years ago and it wasn't nearly as bad as terminal 3 - I understand it is being replaced... Can't happen soon enough.
 
2012-11-19 10:26:16 AM
Well, they did rate LAX as worse than DFW, but only by one spot. I would seriously rate LAX lower (though maybe it's because DFW tends to be a destination for me rather than a connection). I invariably have to go through security screening AGAIN at LAX, on top of taking a shuttle to another terminal, and if I'm lucky I will barely make my next flight.

If am looking at a flight, I will take Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, or Denver as a connecting flight before I take LAX. SLC tends to result in a shorter overall flight than going through PDX, though it's more boring to wait around in, so it evens out. Denver and Seattle are about average. I think I've only used San Francisco once, where they lost my carry-on bag (it was a short-hop flight with limited bin space, so they checked it at the gate and somehow lost it en route. Got it the next day, though). Since they rate it as even worse than Los Angeles International, I am in no hurry to repeat my experience there.

/IMO
 
2012-11-19 10:26:23 AM

StrandedInAZ: Contrasted with Philly (the airport to which I fly the most since it's near my hometown), which is such a steaming pile of crap. The TSA agents there are the most unpleasant I've ever encountered. The flights rarely leave on time. Parking is a freaking nightmare. I miss a lot of things about Philly. The airport isn't one of them. I'm surprised it wasn't first on the list.


I live in Philly and will not fly out of PHL. I need someone to watch my parrots anyway so it's nicer to just take them to my parents' and fly out of BWI.

And honestly, BWI isn't that bad depending on which carrier you're using. A lot of it is terminal dependent.

So yeah, I live in Philly and have friends in Mass, but I fly there BWI to Providence. And the Providence part started because my friends hate trying to do pick-ups out of Logan.

/PVD is actually really nice though
//But bring a book, it has fark-all to do while you're waiting
 
2012-11-19 10:26:57 AM

JackieRabbit: Better headline: Our 25 busiest major hub airports are overloaded. Get over it.


That's true to some extent, but Charlotte, Minneapolis and SeaTac seem to be doing something right.

Eat More Possum: To be fair, you can't blame all problems on the airport. Atlanta is a Delta hub. Doesn't matter what the airport does you are going to get crappy service, delayed flights, and lost luggage.


Not every problem, but most. Poor airport design, lack of amenities, surly employees and dirty facilities are common in many of our major airports. A good airport should be able to get you between terminals and gates in a reasonable time with a limited amount of hassle and confusion, have plenty of clean restrooms and places to sit while waiting for your flight, and enough places for people to get something to eat.

It's not a hub airport, but PDX should be an example for others to follow. It's laid out well (including the parking garages) and has plenty of seating, good restaurants on both sides of security, a great bookstore, free wi-fi, "business centers" which have cubicle desks where you can sit and get some work done while you're waiting for your flight, and... this will totally blow your mind... FRIENDLY STAFF. It's always such a letdown going from PDX to somewhere like LAS, LAX, or ORD; it's like getting bumped from first class to steerage.
 
2012-11-19 10:27:51 AM
My home airport, RDU, is decent. Not great, not terrible.

Worst airports I've been through: Newark, San Diego.

Best airports I've been through: Tampa, Seattle.
 
2012-11-19 10:28:40 AM

Eat More Possum: To be fair, you can't blame all problems on the airport. Atlanta is a Delta hub. Doesn't matter what the airport does you are going to get crappy service, delayed flights, and lost luggage.


Atlanta is bad in many ways. This list fails by not putting it in the top ten (or even top five).

Just get stuck in an overnight layover. The Airport hotels blow... and the entire surrounding area is a vast wasteland of industrial/airport/hotel badlands and roving "groups of youths".

On re-entry to the airport, we discovered there was exactly ONE security line (maybe this has changed in the last 5 years).

I've flown through Atlanta many times, and even the shortest layover sucked donkey balls, for a variety of reasons that had as much to do with the design and administration of the airport facilities as the idiotic airlines that use it as a hub.
 
2012-11-19 10:28:43 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: the Minneapolis airport had a restaurant whose definition of "spicy" was "pour black pepper on it"


But they also have one that makes bacon wrapped tator tots. I said BACON WRAPPED TATOR TOTS! Bonus: It's outside the secured area so anyone can eat there.
 
2012-11-19 10:28:44 AM
Hobby shouldn't be on there. It's small and always been pretty laid back compared to it's big brother Bush, which is my own personal hell. Fort Myers was my favorite. There was no one there.
 
2012-11-19 10:28:45 AM
I fly in and out of DFW all the time. My flights are rarely delayed. Security check lines are typically
 
2012-11-19 10:29:06 AM

TripSixes: Denver


THIS

Especially if you fly Frontier- Walk to the gate, decent food selections and free wi-fi. There are plenty of bathrooms and some on the far reaches if you like a little privacy.
I never check my bag but I think the main complaint may be how long it takes to get your bag.

Picking people up at the airport may get all trafficky but I tell people to go to Departures for pick up.

//Dallas airport blows beyond blowing. LAX does too
 
2012-11-19 10:29:14 AM
No need to say why my local airport is #26... Both of mine are on the list at #16 and #7.
 
2012-11-19 10:29:17 AM
Well, Yes. just mostly the large airports re-shuffled. Phoenix Skyharbor the biggest not mentioned...but cannot imagine tons of weather delays there. Shocked though that Detroit and Minneapolis/St Paul did not make the list, if only for weather delays.
 
2012-11-19 10:30:58 AM

bemis23: I fly in and out of DFW all the time. My flights are rarely delayed. Security check lines are typically


Rest of my comment got eaten apparently:

......Security check lines are frequently less than 5 min and while it's not chock full of amenities there are enough bars, restaurants, and stores to occupy most people. The terminal to terminal tram is pretty quick, and all the terminals are the same design so it's pretty easy to find your way around without assistance.Only part that sucks is that it's an American Airlines hub, which is one of my least preferred airlines.
 
2012-11-19 10:31:24 AM

melopene: Atlanta's only saving grace is the smoking rooms.


Ha! The little cubby holes of shame!

I'm an ex-smoker who business traveled with smokers. I know those rooms aren't designed for much beyond holding people in one place, but the conversations with other travelers usually began very much like a bad prison show on TV.
"Got a light?"
"Where are they taking you next?"
"I've been here for X hours and they keep telling me that I'm transferring soon."

It also doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice that this list of the worst-rated locations are major travel hubs or largely populated cities and vacation destinations.
 
2012-11-19 10:31:30 AM

mootmah: Hop


Are you high? I'm from Cleveland and our airport is like some run down, garbage-filled Greyhound station ...
 
2012-11-19 10:32:40 AM
Leaving for an international flight on a weekday evening took me all of 10 minutes from check-in to gate at Dulles. And the TSA agent who scanned my boarding pass was cute. So yeah, #5 is way too harsh for IAD.
 
2012-11-19 10:35:05 AM

slykens1: I don't travel nearly as much as I used to... but my local airport is great other than ticket prices. Small, some jet service, and the TSA isn't so busy that they're surly. Oh, and no peep-show machines, either.

In the last year I've been to SCE, PHL, SFO, ICN, HKG, PEK, IAD, LGA, YUL, BRU, SXB, and JFK.

JFK was the worst of all of them - Delta's terminal 3. The lounge was terrible, overrun with people and charging(!) for drinks! Fortunately I got to skip the security line on the way out (business) and I got to skip the immigration line on the way in (probably 500 deep, thank God for Global Entry). But getting from the terminal to my car was a freaking hike. Ten minutes from airplane to curb, over an hour to get to my car with bags using the Airtrain.

I flew out of JFK on LH twice a few years ago and it wasn't nearly as bad as terminal 3 - I understand it is being replaced... Can't happen soon enough.


We must have shared a flight. I'm only half kidding, State College is ridiculously small compared with what I'm used to (BWI, DCA, IAD). I'm not saying I'm surprised, it's just different.
/Don't like the turboprops
 
2012-11-19 10:39:39 AM
I switch off between Tampa and Orlando since I live about half way between. Both are good but Orlando's security can back up at times. They have it set up funny.

Note: to farkers everywhere: Florida

Too bad this is US airports only. Otherwise we could talk about Heathrow.
 
2012-11-19 10:40:08 AM
I'll choose Denver (DIA) for the New World Order consipiracy stuff. gives me the heebie jeebies just walking around in there, since it *could* actually be true...
 
2012-11-19 10:40:16 AM
www.blogsouthwest.com

I loved old Midway airport with the air conditioner sticking out of the side of the old control tower. The cinder block walls, the overflowing dumpsters right outside every window, and the suspended ceiling gave it a decrepit charm that you don't always see in a first world airport. I used to fly ATA out of there and on more than one occasion I noticed duct tape on the plane. I always like taking off there and knowing that if we don't get off the ground then there's not enough room to stop and we're going to be plowing into the chickenheads that congregate further up Cicero.
 
2012-11-19 10:40:49 AM

Infobahn: I am surprised that Phoenix Sky Harbor isn't listed, and that Sacramento is. Luggage service was my only issue at SAC, everything is an issue at PHX.

The only two I haven't been to on the list are Newark and LaGuardia. Thankfully.


PHX tops my personal "worst" list. If I have to leave the security area and do the TSA boogie again to pick up a connecting flight on the same airline, your airport sucks.

I'd ask why Denver made the list, but I think that's just because I've gone through it so many times I've gotten used to it.
 
2012-11-19 10:40:57 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Bad airports I've been to:

Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!


I rate this as one of, if not the, best to begin or end a trip from, especially if you have someone to drop you off or pick you up. Even with the weird security layouts, you can still get to your car within 50 feet of the gate if you aren't dealing with checked luggage. Even with checked luggage, the skycaps outside do a great job, never had any problems. As a KC resident, I've had a lot of experience with this one.

That said, I rate it as one of the worst to have a layover at, especially if you don't have any local connections. The services are few and sub par, and even if someone is willing to come get you, you are so far from the city center and any interesting sights, it takes 45 minutes of driving each way to get to anything. Extremely grateful I have not had to deal with this airport like this.

Now, they are talking about redoing the whole thing, make it into an airport with one mammoth terminal, central security gateway, basically just like every other major airport now. Meh.
 
2012-11-19 10:41:34 AM

meyerkev: Detroit is also a Delta hub, and it's pretty decent.


Yes, if you LIKE RUNNING.
 
2012-11-19 10:43:46 AM

dofus: I switch off between Tampa and Orlando since I live about half way between. Both are good but Orlando's security can back up at times. They have it set up funny.

Note: to farkers everywhere: Florida

Too bad this is US airports only. Otherwise we could talk about Heathrow.


Did you ever try Sarasota? I've flown out of there several times. I preferred it over Tampa. I haven't been to Orlando in about 15 years so I can't recall if it sucks.
 
2012-11-19 10:48:44 AM

cfreak:
Miami - I know they have been working on it but last time I was there was about 5 years ago. We had to make a connection from one terminal to another in about an hour. No transit, had to hoof it. My wife who was 7 months pregnant at the time was not amused.


My first experience with Miami left me feeling like I could have used a sherpa guide.
 
2012-11-19 10:48:45 AM
Missing from list: Any medium-to-large-sized airport under renovation.
 
2012-11-19 10:48:53 AM

Cythraul: 25 San Antonio Int'l
24 Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL)
23 Sacramento Int'l. (SMF)
22 Lambert-St. Louis Int'l. (STL)
21 Cleveland Hopkins Int'l. (CLE)
20 San Diego Int'l. (SAN)
19 Midway Int'l. (MDW)
18 Baltimore/Washington Int'l. (BWI)
17 Ronald Reagan National (DCA)
16 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l. (FLL)
15 McCarran Int'l. (LAS)
14 William P. Hob by (HOU)
13 Logan Int'l. (BOS)
12 John F. Kennedy Int'l. (JFK)
11 Denver Int'l. (DEN)
10 Philadelphia Int'l. (PHL)
9 Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l. (DFW)
8 Los Angeles Int'l. (LAX)
7 Miami Int'l. (MIA)
6 La Guardia (LGA) Yea that's a harbor now so we can strike that off the list.
5 Washington Dulles Int'l (IAD)
4 O'Hare Int'l. (ORD)
3 George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
2 San Francisco Int'l. (SFO)
1 Newark Liberty Int'l (EWR)

Slideshow, and for some reason, the 'view all' only shows me a spread of images that I have to individually click on to get more information.

 
2012-11-19 10:50:31 AM
I'll give a shout out to Manchester, NH. It's only basically regional, but the layout is good, you get in and out fairly quickly, and the car rental guys are always awesome. I've gotten upgraded just about every time I fly there.

I also like MSP a lot.

Worst? Easy. JFK. It should be nuked from orbit. There are other bad ones (I'm looking at you, Miami), but nothing tops that POS.
 
2012-11-19 10:50:34 AM

Xcott: meyerkev: Detroit is also a Delta hub, and it's pretty decent.

Yes, if you LIKE RUNNING.


Use the train, man. 3 minutes from one end to the other. Plus moving walkways. You can get from one end of Terminal A (80-something gates) to the other, buy some food, and get back inside 25 minutes. A->B/C or vice versa would suck mightily, though.

/Lives near Detroit, so I've never flown through it though.
 
2012-11-19 10:51:43 AM

Grapple: I'll choose Denver (DIA) for the New World Order consipiracy stuff. gives me the heebie jeebies just walking around in there, since it *could* actually be true...


I always liked the random Masonic symbols and weird murals. Plus the fact that the roof collapsed because they didn't anticipate heavy snowfall in, you know, Denver. This tells me they thought their weather control machine would work.
 
2012-11-19 10:53:03 AM

hodge-podge: cfreak:
Miami - I know they have been working on it but last time I was there was about 5 years ago. We had to make a connection from one terminal to another in about an hour. No transit, had to hoof it. My wife who was 7 months pregnant at the time was not amused.

My first experience with Miami left me feeling like I could have used a sherpa guide.


Miami is schizophrenic. If you fly out of the new terminal, it's pretty and convenient. If you don't, you realize the rest of the airport hasn't changed since Michael Corleone got Rocco to off Hyman Roth.
 
2012-11-19 10:54:05 AM
Newark, huh? Literally a one minute wait through customs last time I was there (early 2000), and only one person waiting ahead of me. I think we were one of the first morning flights in (if not _the_ first.) And I had no problem whatsoever finding my next flight. It was actually my last pleasant airport experience.
 
2012-11-19 10:55:38 AM
This one time I went to this one airport and had a bad time so that airport sucks I should know and I just had this important thing to say
 
2012-11-19 10:56:23 AM
nope, my local airport is already on there at 22.

I've always liked Lambert. The last time I was in there they still had indoor smoking lounges with fans at the doorways that keep the smoke out of the general public area.

That was some years ago though, before the tornado tore up the terminal.
 
2012-11-19 11:00:27 AM

TripSixes: Denver Intl rocks. Doesn't the Daily Beast pride themselves for being 'intellectual?'


Try flying through when the trains are broken, the whole place shuts down.
 
2012-11-19 11:00:34 AM

ReverendLoki: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Bad airports I've been to:

Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!

I rate this as one of, if not the, best to begin or end a trip from, especially if you have someone to drop you off or pick you up. Even with the weird security layouts, you can still get to your car within 50 feet of the gate if you aren't dealing with checked luggage. Even with checked luggage, the skycaps outside do a great job, never had any problems. As a KC resident, I've had a lot of experience with this one.

That said, I rate it as one of the worst to have a layover at, especially if you don't have any local connections. The services are few and sub par, and even if someone is willing to come get you, you are so far from the city center and any interesting sights, it takes 45 minutes of driving each way to get to anything. Extremely grateful I have not had to deal with this airport like this.

Now, they are talking about redoing the whole thing, make it into an airport with one mammoth terminal, central security gateway, basically just like every other major airport now. Meh.


I want to second this. Kansas City (MCI) is perhaps the best airport possible since it isn't a hub for anyone. You can literally get dropped-off 30 minutes before take-off and not worry about it. You can even arrive an hour before takeoff and long-term park your car (for $6/day) without worry. I am not kidding that unless you wanted to prowl the concourses you won't need to walk more than 150' between the curb and the seat on the plane.
Now there aren't a ton of facilities - a few restaurants and a couple shops, but since there are no hubs there is no need to do anything in the airport besides arrive and depart - no layovers.
 
2012-11-19 11:01:14 AM

meyerkev: Xcott: meyerkev: Detroit is also a Delta hub, and it's pretty decent.

Yes, if you LIKE RUNNING.

Use the train, man. 3 minutes from one end to the other.


The train only travels along one concourse---it's great if you're already there, and you just need to get from one side of already there to the other side of already there.

Every time I've flown through Detroit, my departure gate was in that concourse, and my arrival gate at the far, far end of bumblefark nowhere.
 
2012-11-19 11:01:45 AM

meyerkev: Xcott: meyerkev: Detroit is also a Delta hub, and it's pretty decent.

Yes, if you LIKE RUNNING.

Use the train, man. 3 minutes from one end to the other. Plus moving walkways. You can get from one end of Terminal A (80-something gates) to the other, buy some food, and get back inside 25 minutes. A->B/C or vice versa would suck mightily, though.

/Lives near Detroit, so I've never flown through it though.


All of these are luxuries at DTW if you're flying in/out/through the McNamara terminal. For those of us who don't fly DL, there are no moving walkways or anything of the sort in the new North Terminal.

Granted, it's an improvement from the decrepit Smith Terminal, but there's still about a half-mile hike from security to the gates on either of the extreme ends of the terminal.

That having been said, I've been to 22 of the 25 airports on the list (only missing CLE, MDW, and HOU), and out of the rest, I'm surprised that BOS was only at 13. That thing is a complete and utter clusterfark, even in the middle of the night.

/100,000+ miles on American this year
 
2012-11-19 11:03:49 AM

trappedspirit: This one time I went to this one airport and had a bad time so that airport sucks I should know and I just had this important thing to say


I hate that place!
 
2012-11-19 11:04:58 AM
The worst international one is the Kingston airport in Jamaica. It is in Jamaica and doesn't have air conditioning.

And there is Mid America Airport to the east of St. Louis. They managed to build an entire airport without first checking with the airlines to see if they wanted to fly there (they didn't). It was built to be a spillover airport to the now half empty Lambert Field in St. Louis.
 
2012-11-19 11:08:35 AM

trappedspirit: This one time I went to this one airport and had a bad time so that airport sucks I should know and I just had this important thing to say


3/10. You might get a nibble.
 
2012-11-19 11:09:49 AM
I dont have to complain. My local made #2.
/sad very few shops and a large chunk on the wrong side of security (including loyalty lounges -_-)
 
2012-11-19 11:11:00 AM
SFO: because a single drop of moisture in any form will delay all flights for hours.
 
2012-11-19 11:17:30 AM
I've been through most on the list, and once heard Miami compared with a 3rd world bus station, where people board with live chickens and goats.

/Not that much of a stretch, actually
 
2012-11-19 11:18:37 AM

calm like a bomb: hodge-podge: cfreak:
Miami - I know they have been working on it but last time I was there was about 5 years ago. We had to make a connection from one terminal to another in about an hour. No transit, had to hoof it. My wife who was 7 months pregnant at the time was not amused.

My first experience with Miami left me feeling like I could have used a sherpa guide.

Miami is schizophrenic. If you fly out of the new terminal, it's pretty and convenient. If you don't, you realize the rest of the airport hasn't changed since Michael Corleone got Rocco to off Hyman Roth.


As someone who just got the Miami "experience" yesterday, I am forced to conclude that MIA is the worst excuse for an airport to ever grace US soil. Got there 2 hours early, and arrived at my gate 10 minutes before departure, booking it the entire way...the only saving grace was that the flight was delayed, and there was a bar right next to the gate. But still, it's like Satan's herpes-infested taint in there, and the only place I've been that maybe tops that is Charles de Gaulle.

For some reason, I always end up running through ATL and DFW...whenever I know I'm making a connection there, I make sure to wear shoes that are good for a sprint.

In contrast, I've never really had a problem with my home airports (SAT and IAH), and the best airport I've been in is probably IND (Indianapolis) - it's new, there's almost never any lines, and the people are good ol' midwesterly nice.
 
2012-11-19 11:19:54 AM

hodge-podge: melopene: Atlanta's only saving grace is the smoking rooms.

Ha! The little cubby holes of shame!

I'm an ex-smoker who business traveled with smokers. I know those rooms aren't designed for much beyond holding people in one place, but the conversations with other travelers usually began very much like a bad prison show on TV.
"Got a light?"
"Where are they taking you next?"
"I've been here for X hours and they keep telling me that I'm transferring soon."


I genuinely believe that many potential incidents of passenger rage have been prevented by virtue of having a place for people to get their nicotine fix. I know that after going through Indianapolis and O'Hare this past week, I will forever attempt to connect through Atlanta in the future.
 
Oak
2012-11-19 11:20:47 AM
SEA is worse than ORD, MDW, LAX, PHX, or FLL.
 
2012-11-19 11:21:34 AM

FreakinB: nucular bum: I'd like to see a list of the best airports in the U.S. I wonder if AUS (Austin-Bergstrom Int'l) is on there.

I really liked that one. Quick, painless, and very modern. Only thing was that I wished there was more food.


Fargo (FGO) has 5 terminals and one food/newspaper store. If you're running late, you can call the airport to hold your plane. I've never done it but I've witnessed it my share of times.
 
2012-11-19 11:21:40 AM

hornblowerfan: Dulles at #5??? Seriously?? I farking love Dulles. But then again I'm an L.A. native so I'm easily impressed by airports that are not LAX.

Worst international airport is Heathrow.


Is "fly into ONT, not LAX" still the trick around there, or is ONT too busy now because everyone learned about that?

Growing up near Chicago, I watched Midway go from the ghost town it was after O'Hare opened to the "secret little airport with a lot less hassle", to the "just as much of a pain in the ass as O'Hare but for completely different reasons". Although I'm pretty sure the TSA guys at Midway are way cooler than O'Hare's. ORD's TSA guys are legendary for being assholes.
 
2012-11-19 11:25:56 AM

calm like a bomb: hodge-podge: cfreak:
Miami - I know they have been working on it but last time I was there was about 5 years ago. We had to make a connection from one terminal to another in about an hour. No transit, had to hoof it. My wife who was 7 months pregnant at the time was not amused.

My first experience with Miami left me feeling like I could have used a sherpa guide.

Miami is schizophrenic. If you fly out of the new terminal, it's pretty and convenient. If you don't, you realize the rest of the airport hasn't changed since Michael Corleone got Rocco to off Hyman Roth.


Ah, that explains things. When I used to live in S FL, I'd occasionally travel to Germany on business. Miami sucked to hard that I'd rather fly from Palm Beach and deal with a layover in DC or Atlanta than fly direct from Miami.

So, when I recently found myself scheduled for a plane change in Miami, I steeled myself for the dingy, stinky corridors stuffed with a mixture of clueless rednecks, obnoxious tourists, 3rd world immigrants carrying crated chickens and goats, and attitudinally challenged employees whose only language was Urdu or something Slavic.

Instead, I found myself in a bright, airy hall lined with good food choices, clean restrooms, and comprehensible signage. Yeah, they could use more seating at the gates, but I'd fly through there again, if I knew I'd go through that terminal.
 
2012-11-19 11:25:57 AM

Bronzed War God: I travel more than most of you. 100k miles on delta this year, probably another 25 on other airlines.

Atlanta is actually pretty good if you're on Delta. Even if you're not, they have good food, and even though it is HUGE it is much simpler than some of the other big airports (LAX, O'Hare, Dulles, Newark, JFK and LaGuardia) to navigate and change planes. You either go through domestic security or international, and from T1 to F 16 is about 10 minutes... Try doing that in Dallas.

Charlotte has to be one of the worst, and it isn't on this list.


My airport has only two gates. Sometimes only one.

Is 78 miles from here
 
2012-11-19 11:26:23 AM
Atlanta truly is a well oiled machine, and it's massive. Never had any issues.

/All airports suck in some way.
//Just gotta deal with it.
///Always arrive early
//Teh slashies
 
2012-11-19 11:26:48 AM
I was in O'Hare concourse C on Saturday, waiting for my flight back to YVR. There was a bad pop and what looked like a ketchup spill near one of the terminal hubs. Someone had the foresight to place Caution signs, but it was at least 45 minutes before it had been cleaned up, after having been seen by at least 6 airport employees, by my count.

And what's with the Hudson News every 175 feet?
 
2012-11-19 11:29:57 AM
How did they come up with the "Amenities" score? Chicago O'Hare and San Francisco Intl both have much more in terms of places to eat & shop than Sacramento, yet Sacramento ranks eighth and these other airports are way the hell down the list.
 
2012-11-19 11:33:03 AM
In my admittedly little experience, I've found that if you can treat a large airport as if you're in a smaller airport, things go more smoothly.

For example:

Use a smaller airline with a better reputation than the larger carriers. Virgin only has two gates at Logan, and they have their own security system to support those two gates. You can be in within five minutes easily. God knows how long it would take to get through security with United or American at Logan these days.

Waypoints tend to go much better at smaller airports. Going from Boston to Oakland, I've had stopovers at either O'Hare or Denver. In O'Hare, it's always been a ten minute sprint to the next terminal over. At Denver, I've always had an hour or two to saunter one or two gates over.

If possible, using the smaller local airports has always been a better experience. I fly out of Manchester NH instead of Logan whenever possible, and if going to San Francisco, I prefer to land in Oakland instead. In both cases, it's less than an hour drive, and both airports are much smaller, less crowded, and faster in all respects. I don't care if I have a layover somewhere in between. In fact, I prefer being able to stretch my legs outside for a while.
 
2012-11-19 11:33:14 AM
My flying in the last few years has just been back-and-forth between STL and BWI. My complaints in those regards are all about the food/booze. BWI has several bars, but the food isn't that great and you'd better be ready to stab someone for a seat if there are any delays in the airport. Plus, the only place with any decent beer, DuClaw's, is before the security checkpoint. Not very helpful if you've already gone through security.

I fly Southwest, so it's probably my own fault, but the Southwest hub at STL is pretty crummy in terms of food. The only real restaurant in there is a Chili's, so getting a drink before your flight is kind of out the window.
 
2012-11-19 11:33:34 AM

TheGreatGazoo: And there is Mid America Airport to the east of St. Louis. They managed to build an entire airport without first checking with the airlines to see if they wanted to fly there (they didn't). It was built to be a spillover airport to the now half empty Lambert Field in St. Louis.


I don't know that being unused makes an airport bad. They were just thinking they could share a mega-runway with the USAF base there (Scott AFB) and they might snag some low volume airlines out of Lambert (on the list in TFA for good reason). That was before AA bought TWA, shut it all the way down, and even scaled back their own operations. Most of the Lambert Airport is a friggin' joke; when Southwest is your biggest carrier you've got problems.
 
2012-11-19 11:35:41 AM
I guess this all depends on your criteria. Atlanta is the worst airport in my opinion because all the people are farking rude, they keep the airport at like 80 degrees, and there are smoking sections that make the whole place stink. Plus they run CNN constantly on every TV.
 
2012-11-19 11:37:08 AM
The big problem with SFO isn't the terminal, it's the runways. They were designed for the Super Constellation, and are now too close together for operations during restricted visibility. There isn't enough land to spread them out, and filling in the Bay to create the necessary land is an expensive proposition. The domestic terminals at SFO are getting better, now that the Terminal 2 renovation is done. Security lines could be handled better, but given the physical constraints of the building, they're really not too bad.

My hometown just got a new terminal to replace the 1965 model. (MBS, represent!) The advantage to this is that now TSA roots through my luggage behind the scenes, like a real big-city airport. The downside is that the local "fix old no new" shiatbirds are appalled that any money was spent on it.

As someone upthread pointed out, your perception of an airport changes if you only lay over there, as opposed to it being a destination. KC, MIA, LAX and JFK are the worst I've experienced for plane changes, because of the terminal layout. SFO is tricky both ways because of fog. DTW is like a whole new airport, putting it two notches above ORD in my book, and I stay the fark out of MSP as a rule.

There's a wold of difference between SMF and any of the three main NY airports; putting them in the same list is just silly.
 
2012-11-19 11:42:08 AM

Uchiha_Cycliste: 'how is this not simply the 25 largest airports in america?
Also, SFO is pretty righteous, I question this list.


inclusion of smf would prevent this from simply being 25 largest.
by volume its down at 40 for 2011

and used to fly between there and phx very frequently... phx was aways worse
/always
 
2012-11-19 11:43:26 AM
"world of difference..."
 
2012-11-19 11:43:45 AM
Altanta is not bad at all.

Reagan is a dream compared to most airports.

San Diego? Nice airport. No problems.

I don't understand how JFK is not #1 on that list. JFK is far and away the absolute worst airport to fly through, arrive at, depart from, or anything. JFK has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
 
2012-11-19 11:45:50 AM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

"That nosewheel feels mushy..."
 
2012-11-19 11:48:10 AM

hornblowerfan: Dulles at #5??? Seriously?? I farking love Dulles.


Yeah, really. Dulles is fine. Never had a problem there.

I've never NOT had a major problem that required me to stay in an outrageously overpriced hotel for the night at JFK. I just avoid JFK at all costs now.
 
2012-11-19 11:51:47 AM

jaylectricity: Cythraul: Slideshow, and for some reason, the 'view all' only shows me a spread of images that I have to individually click on to get more information.

Now, with pictures

The whole article is pretty pathetic. It's just stats. Nobody cares about stats. And it shows Denver at 80% on time but also shows pretty well in the "amenities" department. So to me, if you're gonna get delayed, at least get delayed in a nice airport.


I'm not surprised to see DIA on the list...Denver's airport blows. The design is weird as hell (they don't mention the light rail train you have to take to get to/from the terminals, which breaks down a LOT still causing missed flights and delays getting to baggage claim), and the local security/police is just retarded there. I picked someone up from a flight a couple weeks back, and while doing so saw someone park at the passenger pick up and get out of their car, immediately helping someone pick up their luggage and load it in. They were screaming at them that "you can't stop here!" despite it being a loading zone. Farking tards, at best, running the show at DIA...
 
2012-11-19 11:54:49 AM

melopene: Atlanta's only saving grace is the smoking rooms.


Sort of....I only recently quit smoking but to be honest those were pretty nasty. I actually picked my shiat up and left because I had 2 cigs and wanted to get out of the smoke filled room.

Glad to see Newark at the top - worst airport I ever spent the night in - on the floor - couldn't sleep at all. I'm not sure why Hobby is on the list. It's a simple small airport - easy to park, easy to get to your gate. The only thing wrong with it is it's on the other side of town - not that IAH is any closer for most people who live in Houston.

Let's face it - airports basically suck. I've never been to an airport where I thought "Gee, that was a great experience. I really want to go back there".

I have a very bad impression of DFW because the first time I went there I had to run the full length of 2 terminals to catch a connecting flight. The 2nd time I went there I didn't realize that American had flights leaving from 2 terminals and of course I picked the wrong one. Not only that, but Mapquest told me to drive right past Texas Stadium - on a Sunday afternoon when the Cowboys were in town. Big farking mistake. There were ticket scalpers on the freeway. Fark you, I don't want to buy a ticket to see the Cowboys, I'm trying to get to the farking airport. But traffic was that bad that people were actually selling tickets on the farking freeway.

Detroit's airport wouldn't have been too bad, but everytime I was there my flight was always at the very end of the terminal....just keep walking, you'll get there eventually.
 
2012-11-19 11:58:46 AM

jigger: I don't understand how JFK is not #1 on that list. JFK is far and away the absolute worst airport to fly through, arrive at, depart from, or anything. JFK has no redeeming qualities whatsoever


Then don't ever go to LaGuardia. Given the choice I take JFK every time, and not just because it's closer to where I live.
 
2012-11-19 12:11:07 PM

calm like a bomb: I'll give a shout out to Manchester, NH. It's only basically regional, but the layout is good, you get in and out fairly quickly, and the car rental guys are always awesome. I've gotten upgraded just about every time I fly there.

I also like MSP a lot.

Worst? Easy. JFK. It should be nuked from orbit. There are other bad ones (I'm looking at you, Miami), but nothing tops that POS.


Manchester NH is almost the perfect size for an airport. Big enough for 737s and the Embraer jets, small enough that long term parking is easy walking distance from the terminal. Lehigh Valley Airport (ABE) is about the same, as was OK City the last time I was there (15 years ago probably).

I lived in Minneapolis for 11 years and MSP never failed me. Now I live in NJ, almost halfway between ABE and Newark. I wish ABE had more flights because I would love to do all my flying out of there.
 
2012-11-19 12:11:12 PM

Pazuzu_the_gargoyle: Rapmaster2000: I would call the methodology of this list stupid, but that assumes that this list has a methodology.

No kidding. I think several of these airports are pretty good: DIA, Regan, McCarran, etc. The on-time stats have more to do with the major carriers at the airport than the airport itself.


And the fact that major hubs are impacted by weather conditions or other system problems that have nothing to do with them.

I fly out of and back into Denver all the time, pretty much never had a problem that was the airport's fault. Last late arrival I had was when United's computer crashed last summer.
 
2012-11-19 12:32:27 PM
The experience at multiple terminal airports can be really different.

JFK Terminal 5 (B6) is really good. JFK Terminal 4 is a farking cesspoool.

LGA central terminal is a third world hell hole.

SFO Terminal 2 or International Terminal are fine. United now that they ate Continental is in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, with a bus in between and massive confusion. Add in the SFO 1-2-3 plan, and SFO is horrible. 1 cloud + 2 planes = 3 hour delay
 
2012-11-19 12:33:05 PM
Favorite small airport is ALB--classical music and few TVs blaring out CNN or FOX or whatever.

ATL was never a problem, MSP is current big airport and it's just fine. The guys who drive the carts are super nice if you're in a hurry.
 
2012-11-19 12:34:54 PM
huh, I live in Las Vegas and I have never really had a problem there. Granted I (mainly) fly Southwest...typical time is 15 at check in, 15 at security, then an hour at the bar. Could be worse, oh, and Atlanta and DFW can suck it
 
2012-11-19 12:36:24 PM
csb time: I was waiting for a flight out of Anaheim in the post 9/11 days with a woman. We arrived in plenty of time to step just off the crowded concourse and grab some coffee bagels. Then along comes a police tactical team with farkin' Rin-Tin-Tin on a leash. "Rinny" makes a beeline for my lady friend, through the crowd, and sniffs her all over.

My mind registers "WTF? Am I going prison now, instead of home?" Female officer leans in and asks my friend, "Ma'am, are you having your period?" She affirmed that she was. Good answer!
 
2012-11-19 12:38:20 PM

SoupJohnB: csb time: I was waiting for a flight out of Anaheim in the post 9/11 days with a woman. We arrived in plenty of time to step just off the crowded concourse and grab some coffee bagels. Then along comes a police tactical team with farkin' Rin-Tin-Tin on a leash. "Rinny" makes a beeline for my lady friend, through the crowd, and sniffs her all over.

My mind registers "WTF? Am I going prison now, instead of home?" Female officer leans in and asks my friend, "Ma'am, are you having your period?" She affirmed that she was. Good answer!


coffee AND bagels

/need coffee right now
 
2012-11-19 12:44:26 PM

FreakinB: jigger: I don't understand how JFK is not #1 on that list. JFK is far and away the absolute worst airport to fly through, arrive at, depart from, or anything. JFK has no redeeming qualities whatsoever

Then don't ever go to LaGuardia. Given the choice I take JFK every time, and not just because it's closer to where I live.


I've flown through LaGuardia once. It wasn't that bad, but it was before 9/11 and the TSA so I don't know what it's like now. It seems like most of the complaints in this thread are about the TSA and not about the particular airport. All my problems with JFK involve the airport. Your flight will arrive late because the runways are so crowded. They will make damned sure you miss your connecting flight. You will have to either hang out in the airport for 1-2 days or go to an overpriced shiatty hotel in the area. This happened to me coming and going every time 3 times in a row. After that, no more JFK. Also just because your ticket has a gate number on it doesn't mean that your flight will actually be at that gate. Also, some gate numbers have multiple gates. If you have a gate like this and you ask airport workers where your farking gate is, they will likely not know. There is no way to tell which one of the gates with the same number is yours. It's a complete clusterfark.
 
2012-11-19 12:50:23 PM
The one in my town comes with streetlights.
i1057.photobucket.com

/48U
 
2012-11-19 12:53:25 PM
Aside from being 40 minutes from town I don't have issues with DIA.
 
2012-11-19 12:57:20 PM
Any airport can be shiatty if you have to take a large jet and then transfer to a small regional one. They tend to place them on opposite ends of the airport (O'Hare) and you have to race to make it and if you have to go to BFE and you miss the connection, the next one doesn't come til tomorrow. Almost happened to me: run a mile with carryons in 4-5 minutes.
 
2012-11-19 12:58:28 PM

jigger: FreakinB: jigger: I don't understand how JFK is not #1 on that list. JFK is far and away the absolute worst airport to fly through, arrive at, depart from, or anything. JFK has no redeeming qualities whatsoever

Then don't ever go to LaGuardia. Given the choice I take JFK every time, and not just because it's closer to where I live.

I've flown through LaGuardia once. It wasn't that bad, but it was before 9/11 and the TSA so I don't know what it's like now. It seems like most of the complaints in this thread are about the TSA and not about the particular airport. All my problems with JFK involve the airport. Your flight will arrive late because the runways are so crowded. They will make damned sure you miss your connecting flight. You will have to either hang out in the airport for 1-2 days or go to an overpriced shiatty hotel in the area. This happened to me coming and going every time 3 times in a row. After that, no more JFK. Also just because your ticket has a gate number on it doesn't mean that your flight will actually be at that gate. Also, some gate numbers have multiple gates. If you have a gate like this and you ask airport workers where your farking gate is, they will likely not know. There is no way to tell which one of the gates with the same number is yours. It's a complete clusterfark.


I think JFK is one of those terminal-by-terminal airports. The Jet Blue terminal is pretty great, and the (soon to be replaced) Delta terminal sucks. Though I can see how it can be a pain in the ass to change planes there if you have to switch terminals. You can even mention the fact that there are 8 terminals in the first place. But being from the area I'm never changing there. Other than that it sounds like you had a couple of particularly bad experiences. Not to say JFK's been perfect in my experience, but I've also never had a problem approaching that.

But those congestion concerns you mentioned about JFK? Goes even more for LGA. It's just two runways, sticking out into the water, handling a ton of traffic. I've seen the security line stretch around the entire terminal to the point that the security line is blocking food areas. Plus one of the potential approaches to LGA involves a HARD, 90 degree left turn just before you land. That's never fun.
 
2012-11-19 12:59:47 PM
My "local" airports are #18, #17, and #5. I don't care what anybody says about DCA: I can walk 15 minutes from my house, hop on the metro, not even bother transferring to a different line during rush hour, and hop off within a quarter mile of the security gate at DCA. Winning.
 
2012-11-19 01:14:26 PM

Alassra: Sorry but this list fails ...

Miami should be either #2 or 3 behind Philadelphia and Hartsfield in Atlanta.

FLL is a better experience than BWI, but not the worst.


Miami should take up the first 5 slots on that list. It's just that bad.
 
2012-11-19 01:22:07 PM
Count me in as a hater of MIA. It may have changed in the five years that have passed since I went through, but it was emotionally scarring, at best.

On a flight back from Mexico, MIA was my re-entry point into the US. I arrived in the evening, around 7pm Miami time. I had three hours to get from that terminal and to my flight back home. I thought I would be okay.

Security line OFF the plane = 1 hour of waiting for two questions. Weave through the most illogical maze of hallways EVER to FINALLY get my bag, get to customs. Of course, MY bag gets chosen to be hoisted on the table and rummaged through. Customs dude was a Grade A arsehole and spoke a dialect of Farsi to which I am not fluent in.

Take bag, send it on its merry way to my gate home. I realize the terminal to home is on the far-ass end of my current location. I have 10 minutes to get there. Needless to say, I didn't make it. No more flights home (I lived in a rural area at the time). I am trapped in farking MIA with two options for food: a shiatty cafe and Burger King. I discovered my cheeseburger was raw two bites in, which earned me a cursing in Spanish (which I returned in Croatian with much more vehemence than I intended) and a gift certificate "for my next visit." I had one package of pulverized Club crackers in my carry-on. Fark.

No sleep, a splitting migraine and an aching back from "sleeping" on the floor. Some rat bastige in the cafe decided to play Pitbull at 11 for 4 hours while he farked around. When I was finally allowed to go to the terminal I needed to be at the next morning, I blew $15 at the Starbucks there on two huge chocolatey chocolate muffins and the biggest cup of milk they would part with. I had been hovering somewhere near starving since 5pm Miami time as the Spanish omelet I had at my hotel in Mexico had been digested long ago.

I realized as I downed breakfast that I probably should've eaten lunch when I left Mexico, but my hand was forced as a hurricane was due to make landfall that afternoon and Cancun Airport was staffed with a skeleton crew. The food choices were already closed.

Fark Miami. I will NEVER fly through there again.
 
2012-11-19 01:36:10 PM
Oops, "security line off the plane" is actually Passport-Check-Get-Stamp Line.

I have done well in suppressing the memories.
 
2012-11-19 01:39:32 PM
Best airport - Brownsville/South Padre Island International, in Brownsville, TX. BRO

LOVE flying out of there.

Not News: CVG TSA probably should learn that telling a 12 year old girl that she may be planning on killing people and locking her up in a room is not the best way to handle things. Still Not News: because of residue on a wheelchair. Fark: That airport security provided.
 
2012-11-19 01:42:37 PM
Harrisburg used to be nice, but then they remodeled it by adding escalators that squeak incessantly, and removed all the waiting areas. Seriously, their waiting area is now nothing but several dozen borrowed rocking chairs jammed into a foyer, flanked by two restaurants that aren't open. WTF.
 
2012-11-19 01:43:42 PM
San Diego airport is Lindbergh Field!

/tcsh, cretins
 
2012-11-19 01:44:07 PM

reillan: /to be fair, Tulsa is too small to be annoying to most people.


Yeah, but to about 50% of people, being there means leaving Tulsa, so it should get pretty good marks.

Not sure what my least favorite U.S. city is, but it's between Tulsa and Durham, NC--and I've been to Newark.
 
2012-11-19 01:55:59 PM
MIA used to be my home airport. Started flying out of Fort Lauderdale, because even though that airport has the absolute worst, most abusive TSA Agents and a generally crappy attitude with everyone else that works there, it's not otherwise a terrible place to fly in or out of once you get past security.

I also can't stand Atlanta airport. Not the airport's fault. It's a nice airport. But I have never once connected on Delta without a delay. So I see far more of that airport than I care to.
 
2012-11-19 01:57:16 PM

bv2112: Not sure what my least favorite U.S. city is, but it's between Tulsa and Durham, NC--and I've been to Newark.


Really? I lived in Durham for fifteen years, and I miss the hell out of it. If you only went once a decade ago, I get it maybe, but even the NYT has been writing articles for the last couple of years about how awesome it is.
 
2012-11-19 01:58:21 PM
The last time I flew through SFO, I about murdered somebody. It's annoying as fark that you have to exit the terminal and wait in a goddamn line to go through security again to get to another terminal. Then, on top of everything else, I'm goddamn starving and it's 8:30 at night and all the restaurants were closed.

Then they delayed my flight three hours for fog and I didn't get home until 3am.

Last time my husband had a flight through San Fran, they closed down the runways (mind you, it was a perfectly sunny day) and cancelled the connecting flight and didn't say why, so they had to bus everyone over to Oakland to take the next flight to SeaTac from there.
 
2012-11-19 02:00:49 PM
Whoever wrote this list must like little kids.

Salt Lake City must be on this list because of the herds of screaming Free Range Crotchfruit that use your carry-on as a jungle gym.
 
2012-11-19 02:02:18 PM
I live half way between SFO and SJO and use both pretty frequently. Which one depends on where I'm going, coming from and cost. It's generally a toss up unless I intend to go straight to work from the airport (in which case SJO wins, being only a few miles from work). I gotta say, I realy haven't had any issues at SFO. I've used it at least a half dozen times this year. I think some people just have bad luck.
 
2012-11-19 02:02:29 PM
I've flown into about half of these before, and most are actually pretty good. The worst ones I have flown into/out of were the smaller regional ones. These are more like the 25 biggest airports, as opposed to the 25 worst.

For my local ones, BWI, Dulles, and Reagan National, are all pretty good. The exceptions are that I despise driving into and out of Reagan (I somehow manage to get lost every single time) and BWI has the slowest baggage claim on earth. If you don't check a bag, the airport is great. If you had to check a bag, be prepared to wait for an hour before the bags from your flight make it to the carousel.
 
2012-11-19 02:14:20 PM
When you fly into San Diego, there is the minor detail that you are so close to the office buildings when you land that you can tell which websites the office workers are surfing when they should be working.

But the security lines are usually shorter than Hooterville, I mean Mayberry, I mean Salt Lake City.

Fog? Or the pilots are laughing so hard at the Padres, they need a few minutes to compose themselves?
 
2012-11-19 02:25:13 PM

Urinal Cake Mix: The last time I flew through SFO, I about murdered somebody. It's annoying as fark that you have to exit the terminal and wait in a goddamn line to go through security again to get to another terminal. Then, on top of everything else, I'm goddamn starving and it's 8:30 at night and all the restaurants were closed.

Then they delayed my flight three hours for fog and I didn't get home until 3am.

Last time my husband had a flight through San Fran, they closed down the runways (mind you, it was a perfectly sunny day) and cancelled the connecting flight and didn't say why, so they had to bus everyone over to Oakland to take the next flight to SeaTac from there.


Was it transferring between an international and domestic flight? That seems pretty standard (i know they do it in Dallas). It really doesn't make any sense but I guess TSA is scared someone didn't get screened properly wherever they came from. (Though last year when I flew from El Salvador they had extra security at the American gate in San Salvador that took my bottle of Coke that I had purchased 15 feet away from him ... jerks)
 
2012-11-19 02:32:19 PM

Rapmaster2000: dofus: I switch off between Tampa and Orlando since I live about half way between. Both are good but Orlando's security can back up at times. They have it set up funny.

Note: to farkers everywhere: Florida

Too bad this is US airports only. Otherwise we could talk about Heathrow.

Did you ever try Sarasota? I've flown out of there several times. I preferred it over Tampa. I haven't been to Orlando in about 15 years so I can't recall if it sucks.


SRQ is a great little airport. They just can't keep any carriers there for very long. And when they do, it's always cheaper to fly out of Tampa. It's a shame, really.
 
2012-11-19 02:32:55 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: I live half way between SFO and SJO and use both pretty frequently. Which one depends on where I'm going, coming from and cost. It's generally a toss up unless I intend to go straight to work from the airport (in which case SJO wins, being only a few miles from work). I gotta say, I realy haven't had any issues at SFO. I've used it at least a half dozen times this year. I think some people just have bad luck.


SJO is in Costa Rica. You're probably referring to SJC.
 
2012-11-19 02:40:53 PM

car_go_fast: I've flown into about half of these before, and most are actually pretty good. The worst ones I have flown into/out of were the smaller regional ones. These are more like the 25 biggest airports, as opposed to the 25 worst.

For my local ones, BWI, Dulles, and Reagan National, are all pretty good. The exceptions are that I despise driving into and out of Reagan (I somehow manage to get lost every single time) and BWI has the slowest baggage claim on earth. If you don't check a bag, the airport is great. If you had to check a bag, be prepared to wait for an hour before the bags from your flight make it to the carousel.


Really, I find BWI's baggage claim pretty quick. But then I pretty much exclusively do the Southwest terminal. By the time I walk down the concourse to the claim it's already started the offload.
 
2012-11-19 02:41:02 PM
I live in the OC and I hate LAX so much that I'll take the train to San Diego if there isn't a nonstop out of John Wayne or Long Beach over going to LAX. When they installed the green line train a few years back they got paid off by the cab companies and stopped it about a mile and a half short of the airport and you have to transfer to buses for "navigational" reasons. Gee, I wonder how the airplanes manage to land at Heathrow and Munich and Tokyo and St. Louis and San Francisco....... Motherfarking dumbassed corrupt sons of whores.
 
2012-11-19 02:43:57 PM
Lambert St. Louis has been a clusterfark every time I've used it. Charlotte, being the US Air hub, is packed to the gills with confused, upset people (they, too, mostly had to fly US Air, so I can't blame 'em).

Hartfield-Jackson in Atlanta is basically a small city...which is cool if you have time to catch your next flight, and a nightmare if you don't.

car_go_fast: I've flown into about half of these before, and most are actually pretty good. The worst ones I have flown into/out of were the smaller regional ones. These are more like the 25 biggest airports, as opposed to the 25 worst.

For my local ones, BWI, Dulles, and Reagan National, are all pretty good. The exceptions are that I despise driving into and out of Reagan (I somehow manage to get lost every single time) and BWI has the slowest baggage claim on earth. If you don't check a bag, the airport is great. If you had to check a bag, be prepared to wait for an hour before the bags from your flight make it to the carousel.


Truth about BWI...Had to gate-check a bag because of US Air asshattery...just vile. Still, also quite correct about how easy it is with no checked luggage.
 
2012-11-19 02:44:08 PM

spyderqueen: Really, I find BWI's baggage claim pretty quick. But then I pretty much exclusively do the Southwest terminal. By the time I walk down the concourse to the claim it's already started the offload.


Most or maybe all of the times I have had to claim bags there, I have arrived fairly late at night, so it might just be the night crew that is slow.
 
2012-11-19 03:17:41 PM

happyleper: Uchiha_Cycliste: I live half way between SFO and SJO and use both pretty frequently. Which one depends on where I'm going, coming from and cost. It's generally a toss up unless I intend to go straight to work from the airport (in which case SJO wins, being only a few miles from work). I gotta say, I realy haven't had any issues at SFO. I've used it at least a half dozen times this year. I think some people just have bad luck.

SJO is in Costa Rica. You're probably referring to SJC.


poo... I probably am. southwest likes to remind me of that too. I even fly out of there in a few days.
 
2012-11-19 03:20:11 PM
Flying to Houston from LA [from Sydney from Wellington but that's another story] later this week. Good to see HOU isn't on the list. No surprise to see LAX on there.
 
2012-11-19 03:26:09 PM

OscarTamerz: I live in the OC and I hate LAX so much that I'll take the train to San Diego if there isn't a nonstop out of John Wayne or Long Beach over going to LAX. When they installed the green line train a few years back they got paid off by the cab companies and stopped it about a mile and a half short of the airport and you have to transfer to buses for "navigational" reasons. Gee, I wonder how the airplanes manage to land at Heathrow and Munich and Tokyo and St. Louis and San Francisco....... Motherfarking dumbassed corrupt sons of whores.


I LOVE Longbeach. It's like flying through the terminal in wings.
You get to walk to the plane, you get to smoke in the terminal. no one gives a shiat about anything, it's a fantastic airport. Unfortunately it's hard to get someone to pick me up there most days so I have to fly into John Wayne. =(
 
2012-11-19 04:23:18 PM
How about every airport ever that charges $9.20 for a farking beer?
 
2012-11-19 04:34:48 PM
cfreak:
Bad airports I've been to:
Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!

Rest easy, you won't have to. MCI is not a hub. It's at the end of a spoke for every airline that serves it. Journeys begin or end there, but nobody makes connections.
 
2012-11-19 04:40:14 PM

fredbox: How about every airport ever that charges $9.20 for a farking beer?


Well, you try to deliver beer into the terminal three ounces at a time. Why do you think the security lines are so long? Those are the delivery guys.
 
2012-11-19 04:41:21 PM
Dear Beast Web Designer:

Your ass sucks canal water. You've even managed to fark up a slideshow.

XOXO
T
 
2012-11-19 04:47:48 PM

Miss Nova: cfreak:
Bad airports I've been to:
Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!

Rest easy, you won't have to. MCI is not a hub. It's at the end of a spoke for every airline that serves it. Journeys begin or end there, but nobody makes connections.


Ah, but it was at one point, for TWA and Braniff. You see how well that worked out.

In fact, the airport's design was dictated at least in part by TWA to be like this, thinking that having flyers drive to the gate would be better and cheaper than any sort of people mover system. Of course, this was also just before hijackings made modern security checkpoints necessary.

Now, they want to redo the whole thing, make it more centralized, with all gates around a central terminal.  I hope they work out some sort of compromise, to maintain at least some of the convenience of the existing design, but who knows.
 
2012-11-19 04:49:00 PM

Miss Nova: cfreak:
Bad airports I've been to:
Kansas City (MCI) - Designed for when you could just walk up to a gate so they have no single security point, instead tons of little checkpoints at the gates. I've never had to make a connection there and I hope I never have to!

Rest easy, you won't have to. MCI is not a hub. It's at the end of a spoke for every airline that serves it. Journeys begin or end there, but nobody makes connections.


csb time:
I made a connection through MCI last year (BWI->MCI->LAX) flying Southwest. If I hadn't known about the setup of the airport beforehand, I would have been furious about having to leave security (and re-enter) just to get a farking hamburger -- and even if I didn't get food, I still would have had to do the same thing to get to my connecting flight. But I was prepared, so no big deal. I sure as hell won't connect through there again though.
On the way back, I connected through HOU (Hobby, not Bush). It was a nice little airport.
 
2012-11-19 04:49:34 PM

ttc2301: Dear Beast Web Designer:

Your ass sucks canal water. You've even managed to fark up a slideshow.

XOXO
T


I swear I initially read that as "Breast Web Designer", and thought "at long last, I have found my calling, whatever it is".
 
2012-11-19 05:10:08 PM
We used to fly Thanksgiving morning out of JFK to see family. Easiest, best flights ever (JetBlue). That was before of course they caught on as a halfway decent airline and jacked their fees.
 
2012-11-19 05:40:17 PM

Cythraul:

22 Lambert-St. Louis Int'l. (STL)



Didn't even realize we had enough flights heading into the STL to even be considered on a 25 airport list. Thank god that tornado hit the place last year so that they could get some additional usage out of a ghost town concourse.
 
2012-11-19 06:31:31 PM

WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.


Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.
 
2012-11-19 06:54:58 PM
Denver is a great airport, anyone here have any good reasons for it being on this list?
 
2012-11-19 06:58:43 PM

Paleorific: Denver is a great airport, anyone here have any good reasons for it being on this list?


Denver's airport is a great airport for Aurora.

(Explanation: it's freaking like thirty miles outside of Denver. It's a hassle to get to. It's closer to Aurora.)
 
2012-11-19 07:09:21 PM

LariSpitler: WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.

Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.


Agreed. Easily the worst airport I've ever been to. It's even worse when I transfer from domestic to international, everything's confusing and I sometimes can't find the entrance behind all the construction stuff. And the workers there are horrible. Absolutely horrible. Just miserable, rude people who are probably failed actors or police academy rejects.

Me: "I just landed but my connecting flight is not for another 6 hours. Can I go ahead into this terminal and wait?"
Ghetto TSA Girl: "Your flight's not for 6 hours. You can't come in yet."
Me: "Well, there are no chairs out here. If I can just go into my terminal early then I can wait there."
Ghetto TSA Girl, now in Prima Donna mode: "Are you asking me or are you telling me?"

Just the worst service you can expect. And they definitely have some anti-foreigners people working customs in LAX who seem to be annoyed by the influx of people from other countries coming into California.
 
2012-11-19 07:10:48 PM

Paleorific: Denver is a great airport, anyone here have any good reasons for it being on this list?


That surprised me too. It's a beautifully designed airport. But yes, way too far out of town.
 
2012-11-19 07:14:35 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: OscarTamerz: I live in the OC and I hate LAX so much that I'll take the train to San Diego if there isn't a nonstop out of John Wayne or Long Beach over going to LAX. When they installed the green line train a few years back they got paid off by the cab companies and stopped it about a mile and a half short of the airport and you have to transfer to buses for "navigational" reasons. Gee, I wonder how the airplanes manage to land at Heathrow and Munich and Tokyo and St. Louis and San Francisco....... Motherfarking dumbassed corrupt sons of whores.

I LOVE Longbeach. It's like flying through the terminal in wings.
You get to walk to the plane, you get to smoke in the terminal. no one gives a shiat about anything, it's a fantastic airport. Unfortunately it's hard to get someone to pick me up there most days so I have to fly into John Wayne. =(


Never been to Long Beach but John Wayne is a beautiful, clean airport that always seems to be populated by attractive-looking people who are on the affluent side. Will be flying into there for all my Disneyland trips from now on. Previously used LAX, which was a bad idea.
 
2012-11-19 07:17:54 PM

LariSpitler: WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.

Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.


I've had exactly two experiences with LAX: a brief layover on my way to Hawaii, and again on the way back. In both cases, it wasn't a long trek from one gate to the other, never had to leave the secure areas so no TSA crap, plenty of amenities available in the secure area, and on the way back I managed a nice short nap. In other words, my 2 experiences were great, which by Fark standards of weighing evidence means you all are lying, deceitful wife-beating pederasts, and therefore Palin is automatically president.

Or something like that. Am I doing this right?

So hard to tell sometimes. 

/Reference also: my earlier comments about KCI
 
2012-11-19 07:23:08 PM

C0rf: My "local" airports are #18, #17, and #5. I don't care what anybody says about DCA: I can walk 15 minutes from my house, hop on the metro, not even bother transferring to a different line during rush hour, and hop off within a quarter mile of the security gate at DCA. Winning.


Like I said Reagan rules. Hop on the Metro, hardly any lines, bing bang boom you're in the air and gone.
 
2012-11-19 07:38:06 PM
The best airport in the world has got to be Singapore's Changi Airport. Everything about it is so great - the people are friendly, great play area for toddlers, easy access to an amazing transit hotel, free movie theatre, excellent local food that Singapore's known for and also your typical international fares, free wi-fis and free computer terminals, excellent trains that run between terminals frequently, cheap metro into the city, cheap taxis outside, and it is obviously the home port for Singapore Airways, arguably the best airline in the world. And, there are Air Asia and Tiger Airways, ultra-cheap airlines that backpackers love to use to get into the rest of Southwest Asia for less than $100. The whole place is like a dream, and puts any airport within the United States to shame. Seriously.
 
2012-11-19 08:03:47 PM
I can't be #26; I'm #3 (though it's an hour away, it's where my frequent flier miles airlines are,) or #14 (never been despite being 15-20 mins from my house).
 
2012-11-19 08:44:38 PM
I assume the "on-time" with LAX is only considering touch-down time. I've never gone straight to the gate after landing, it's always a 30 minute sit and read marathon as we wait for a gate to open or for a plane to leave the apron or some other foolishness.

LA may not be the worst, but it's certainly the worst designed.
 
2012-11-19 08:51:09 PM

calm like a bomb: I'll give a shout out to Manchester, NH. It's only basically regional, but the layout is good, you get in and out fairly quickly, and the car rental guys are always awesome. I've gotten upgraded just about every time I fly there.

I also like MSP a lot.

Worst? Easy. JFK. It should be nuked from orbit. There are other bad ones (I'm looking at you, Miami), but nothing tops that POS.


Also this. I live in LA, my parents live in NH. Manchester is perfect for what it is. Plus there's a Dunkins before AND after security.
 
2012-11-19 09:11:46 PM
Seattle didn't make the list?

OK, I demand a recount.
 
2012-11-19 09:58:26 PM
i love lax.
sure the traffic sucks because it is la, and the security sucks because it's an airport, but i have never been to any other airport that you can be so close to the planes. if you go to the international end, there are huge farking 747's parked right next to the road. i love going to the theme building for a martini. i love that there are signs that say lax security. i love that if you are in just the right place on the 405 at just the right time it will look like a plane is driving on the 105. i love that in lot c the arriving planes are about 100 feet above you. i love that on dockweiler beach the departing planes are about 100 feet above you. and i love that from my window at night i can see the lights of 10-12 planes lined up off to the east on their way in. i guess i am allowed to be non-cynical about one thing.

farm6.staticflickr.com 

darkroom.baltimoresun.com

and this because it is awesome:

www.globalpost.com
 
2012-11-19 10:16:36 PM
Live in Northeast pa.
Every Airport for 150 miles of me is on the list.
 
2012-11-19 10:27:32 PM

bv2112: reillan: /to be fair, Tulsa is too small to be annoying to most people.

Yeah, but to about 50% of people, being there means leaving Tulsa, so it should get pretty good marks.

Not sure what my least favorite U.S. city is, but it's between Tulsa and Durham, NC--and I've been to Newark.


but you haven't been to Detroit?

/It's funny, I was just dating a girl from Durham who was telling me how amazing it is and how I should think about moving there some day. Emphasis on *was*.
//My least favorite city is LA. I didn't enjoy the traffic, or the constant need to drive all the friggin way across the MSA.
 
2012-11-19 10:41:33 PM

Lord Dimwit: Paleorific: Denver is a great airport, anyone here have any good reasons for it being on this list?

Denver's airport is a great airport for Aurora.

(Explanation: it's freaking like thirty miles outside of Denver. It's a hassle to get to. It's closer to Aurora.)


Hmm, when I lived there all I had to do was pay $10 to get on a bus, very easy and very cheap. I did live near downtown so...
 
2012-11-19 11:03:04 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: 'how is this not simply the 25 largest airports in america?
Also, SFO is pretty righteous, I question this list.


SFO probably loses because it's a high traffic airport subject to delays due to fog.

On the other hand the TSA agents are efficient and professional and the typical wait through the line is less than 9 minutes. Oh wait, right not TSA at all, they're private contractors because Dianne Feinstein forced through an amendment to allow SFO to retain it's Filipino private security agents.
 
2012-11-19 11:29:54 PM
I was traveling when Richard Reid decided to fark it up for everyone. A few days later when I went to leave Dulles, I was stripped to my boxers right there in front of everyone. When I protested and asked for privacy, I was told I could be searched there or I could leave.

I was shirtless, pantless, shoeless and sockless. Boxers. Motherfarking boxers. In front of what felt like thousands of people.

Fark you Dulles. I fly into BWI now. Assholes.

/csb
 
2012-11-19 11:37:55 PM
List completely fails without MCI (Kansas City). Ever made a Southwest connection there? Ever had to go outside of security and come back in because the airport design is so completely ignorant? Stupid, stupid, stupid. Made worse after 9/11, and still not fixed as of the last time I flew through there (or out of there, recently).

Tulsa (my current home airport) is a breeze compared to most. TSA makes it harder than it should be (like with most airports).

DFW (my former home airport) gets a lot of grief because people don't understand it. And guilt by association because of being American's home base. I know it's a pain, though, to the uninitiated. Also if you have less than 40 minutes to make your connection and you land at A and have to go to D, or C and have to go to B.

DEN should be higher on the list somehow, as should ATL.

I will do anything possible to avoid flying through ORD. Ditto IAD, though I used to have to fly there once a month for years. I hate that airport. And those stupid terminal shuttles. Please.

SFO isn't that bad.

If this list is based completely on on-time departures and amenities, then someone is clueless.
 
2012-11-19 11:39:20 PM
darkroom.baltimoresun.com 

www.reactionface.info 

/hotlinked.
//necessary, for some damned reason.
 
2012-11-20 12:07:08 AM
I've been to a lot of these, but always thought Kansas City was the worst, esp for amenities.

San Jose, Ca is pretty great. Having an Illy Coffee is a huge step up from most airports. Long Beach, Orange County, Portland, Reagan are all okay too, IMO.
 
2012-11-20 02:49:22 AM

gibbon1: Uchiha_Cycliste: 'how is this not simply the 25 largest airports in america?
Also, SFO is pretty righteous, I question this list.

SFO probably loses because it's a high traffic airport subject to delays due to fog.

On the other hand the TSA agents are efficient and professional and the typical wait through the line is less than 9 minutes. Oh wait, right not TSA at all, they're private contractors because Dianne Feinstein forced through an amendment to allow SFO to retain it's Filipino private security agents.


IIRC that's not the deal. They don't need the same security procedures because it's a private airport. They can pretty much do what they want but in fact they voluntarily have stricter terminal security as a result. They have their own private security folks under contract from the TSA. At least that's what the security folks told me when I asked them why their security line rules were different from other airports. For instance, for quite some time they didn't require you to take your laptop out of your bag. I've always found the security lines there to be quicker than Oakland, San Jose, John Wayne and Ontario.
 
2012-11-20 03:12:20 AM

The Banana Thug: Uchiha_Cycliste: OscarTamerz: I live in the OC and I hate LAX so much that I'll take the train to San Diego if there isn't a nonstop out of John Wayne or Long Beach over going to LAX. When they installed the green line train a few years back they got paid off by the cab companies and stopped it about a mile and a half short of the airport and you have to transfer to buses for "navigational" reasons. Gee, I wonder how the airplanes manage to land at Heathrow and Munich and Tokyo and St. Louis and San Francisco....... Motherfarking dumbassed corrupt sons of whores.

I LOVE Longbeach. It's like flying through the terminal in wings.
You get to walk to the plane, you get to smoke in the terminal. no one gives a shiat about anything, it's a fantastic airport. Unfortunately it's hard to get someone to pick me up there most days so I have to fly into John Wayne. =(

Never been to Long Beach but John Wayne is a beautiful, clean airport that always seems to be populated by attractive-looking people who are on the affluent side. Will be flying into there for all my Disneyland trips from now on. Previously used LAX, which was a bad idea.


LAX just sucks. It's huge, dirty and the traffic to and from there is always heinous unless it's some ungodly hour after midnight. I've found the best way to get there is from Metro's Union station. They have a shuttle for $7 that takes you to your terminal, and as I almost always fly SouthWest I always get to make the first stop on the loop the shuttle make through all the terminals. Woo! To be honest, Union station (these days) is nicer than LAX is, I hate that airport. Try to get over to long beach some time if you can swing it. I know Jet Blue flies out of there.

I'm about to be flying in and out of Burbank, Ontario, and if timing requires it LAX *shudders* a lot. I live in the bay area and my girl friend lives in Pasadena, Also, her parents live in Chino Hills and mine are in Laguna Niguel (So. OC). So at least every other month I'll be flying into and out of some SoCal and NorCal airports.
I've found that Southwest has pretty much the same prices for all of the SoCal to Norcal jumps, assuming it can be done in one go. For instance, there are no direct flights from SFO to Burbank. Otherwise any LA area (SNA, LGB, LAX, BUR or ONT) to (SFO, SJC or OAK (rarely)) So I get to make my choices based on where I'm coming from and going to. If I plan to go straight to work from the Airport, essentially spending the night with my girlfriend and commuting 400 miles to work, I'll fly into San Jose; in fact when I fly out of San Jose I fly directly over where I work and I never even get to see it =(.Likewise San Jose is for going to the airport from work, When I am going to or from home, I often use SFO. It has better choices of places to drink inside the terminal, and there's often a baby bullet I can take from redwood city to Millbrae so it's quicker to access via public transport; also the lines are shorter. When I plan to go home after my flight instead of work I fly into SFO too.
I guess my point is that it's lots of fun to live half way between SFO and SJC. Likewise it's fun to have so many SoCal options depending on where I plan to end up, and where my girlfriend will be when I land.

\I ♥my gf so so much =3
 
2012-11-20 09:17:07 AM

The Banana Thug: LariSpitler: WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.

Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.

Agreed. Easily the worst airport I've ever been to. It's even worse when I transfer from domestic to international, everything's confusing and I sometimes can't find the entrance behind all the construction stuff. And the workers there are horrible. Absolutely horrible. Just miserable, rude people who are probably failed actors or police academy rejects.

Me: "I just landed but my connecting flight is not for another 6 hours. Can I go ahead into this terminal and wait?"
Ghetto TSA Girl: "Your flight's not for 6 hours. You can't come in yet."
Me: "Well, there are no chairs out here. If I can just go into my terminal early then I can wait there."
Ghetto TSA Girl, now in Prima Donna mode: "Are you asking me or are you telling me?"

Just the worst service you can expect. And they definitely have some anti-foreigners people working customs in LAX who seem to be annoyed by the influx of people from other countries coming into California.


Da fuq?

You leave security in LAX on a layover? Da fuq?
 
2012-11-20 01:27:33 PM

seadoo2006: The Banana Thug: LariSpitler: WhippingBoy: I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.

Seriously, LAX is brutal. It's been under construction in perpetuity, it's confusing, and the bloody traffic to get into the airport is brutal.

Agreed. Easily the worst airport I've ever been to. It's even worse when I transfer from domestic to international, everything's confusing and I sometimes can't find the entrance behind all the construction stuff. And the workers there are horrible. Absolutely horrible. Just miserable, rude people who are probably failed actors or police academy rejects.

Me: "I just landed but my connecting flight is not for another 6 hours. Can I go ahead into this terminal and wait?"
Ghetto TSA Girl: "Your flight's not for 6 hours. You can't come in yet."
Me: "Well, there are no chairs out here. If I can just go into my terminal early then I can wait there."
Ghetto TSA Girl, now in Prima Donna mode: "Are you asking me or are you telling me?"

Just the worst service you can expect. And they definitely have some anti-foreigners people working customs in LAX who seem to be annoyed by the influx of people from other countries coming into California.

Da fuq?

You leave security in LAX on a layover? Da fuq?


Two reasons why people would do it:

1) With relatively few connections between terminals behind security, there are numerous instances where a connecting passenger must leave and re-enter security at LAX. International-to-domestic connections from TBIT to any other terminal come to mind immediately, but there are other instances (especially on interline tickets).

2) A lot of people from non-west coast locales who leave LAX during layovers to go to the In-N-Out on South Sepulveda Boulevard, or to the beach or other places in the area, if they have time. I don't have such inclinations -- LAX is on this list for a good reason, and I live in a place that has several In-N-Outs -- but there are reasons why leaving, for some people, is better than staying at LAX for hours on end.
 
2012-11-20 02:15:48 PM
I'm typing this while waiting for a plane at the, uhm, lovely airport at Lagos. After going through check-in here, I laugh at your complaints! The sad thing is that I was here last year too and the airport has improved a lot since then.

That said, if I never have to go through LAX again I will then I will die a happier person.

By international standards US airports are generally pretty poor though.
 
2012-11-20 02:51:26 PM

saugoof: I'm typing this while waiting for a plane at the, uhm, lovely airport at Lagos. After going through check-in here, I laugh at your complaints! The sad thing is that I was here last year too and the airport has improved a lot since then.

That said, if I never have to go through LAX again I will then I will die a happier person.

By international standards US airports are generally pretty poor though.


At least they apparently have WiFi. I've been in plenty of airports where that wasn't the case.
 
2012-11-20 07:18:12 PM

saugoof: By international standards US airports are generally pretty poor though.


VIE's working hard to bring the average for the rest of the world down.

/gate-by-gate security: what the fark?! 
//having to build the security queue anew for each departing flight, because the gates use a shared space for that purpose
///are you even trying?
 
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