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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 21
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2012-11-19 08:39:00 AM
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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 09:59:41 AM
4 votes:
Better headline: Our 25 busiest major hub airports are overloaded. Get over it.
2012-11-19 09:56:49 AM
3 votes:
I would call the methodology of this list stupid, but that assumes that this list has a methodology.
2012-11-19 09:41:12 AM
3 votes:

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 10:26:57 AM
2 votes:

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 10:04:31 AM
2 votes:
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 10:00:46 AM
2 votes:

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 09:58:48 AM
2 votes:
I shudder to think that there are 7 airports *worse* than LAX.
2012-11-19 01:14:26 PM
1 votes:

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 11:33:03 AM
1 votes:
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 10:31:30 AM
1 votes:

mootmah: Hop


Are you high? I'm from Cleveland and our airport is like some run down, garbage-filled Greyhound station ...
2012-11-19 10:28:40 AM
1 votes:

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 10:22:37 AM
1 votes:
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 10:21:11 AM
1 votes:

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 10:10:33 AM
1 votes:
#1 -- Newark. JERSEY! JERSEY! JERSEY! JERSEY! JERSEY! FARK, YEAH!
2012-11-19 10:04:44 AM
1 votes:
'how is this not simply the 25 largest airports in america?
Also, SFO is pretty righteous, I question this list.
2012-11-19 10:04:28 AM
1 votes:
I can't believe that Orlando isn't on this list- the security wait times are insane.
2012-11-19 10:01:19 AM
1 votes:
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 10:00:08 AM
1 votes:
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 09:57:42 AM
1 votes:
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 09:36:22 AM
1 votes:
Atlanta's only saving grace is the smoking rooms.
 
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