Skip to comments.America's worst airports
Posted on 05/02/2012 8:19:19 AM PDT by C19fan
Outdated infrastructure, overcrowding, chronic delays, and demoralized staff: Thats what youll find in some of Americas worst airports, according to readers of Travel + Leisure. In our first-ever airport survey, we asked readers to rate Americas 22 major airports in seven categories: flight delays; design; amenities; food and drink; check-in and security; service; and transportation and location. The best-scoring airports have tackled these issues head-on, refurbishing terminals and adding amenities that make the worst airports look evermore outdated by comparison.
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Food options at MSP are wonderful and they do not rip you off.
It could be sampling bias since this is a Travel and Leisure magazine poll and PIT isn't a popular travel destination.
FWIW, I'd also rank Salt Lake City pretty high-- great wireless connections and even the TSA agents aren't as surly as what you get in other airports. Food is a little pricey, though, but not the abject rip-off you get in a lot of airports.
One has to remember this airport was designed and built prior to the airport security crackdown that occurred after the spate of airline hijackings in the 70s. At that time, there wasn't a separation between the gate area and the rest of the terminal. At the time, it was a truly wonderful design, with baggage carousels no further than 2 or 3 gates from where you came off the plane. Arrivals and Departures occur on the same level.
Unfortunately, the design didn't lend well to large aircraft like the Boeing 747 and after the security changes in the '70s it became a PITA due to the fact that all of the restrooms, eateries and sundries were outside of the secure area.
MCI is truly difficult for those changing carriers there. It is cramped for flight changes as well. If you originate or arrive there it is a breeze. I’ve flown in and out of there hundreds of times and it is a breeze.
If you have a quick out and back it is faster than almost any other. I have been through about thirty airports that are more hassle. It needs replacement terminals but I will miss the simplicity.
However, I did win a $600 jackpot once while waiting for my flight to go back to Boston. I was half-tempted to cancel my flight and head back to the strip!
Any airport in Hawaii impresses the hell out of me. Where else can you get a sunburn waiting for your luggage at the baggage claim!
The Phoenix airport is good for exercise. I always have to walk a couple miles to get to my connecting flight. Also, great Mexican food and margaritas at Phoenix airport.
East of the Mississippi, all the airports suck - especially in the drab, dreary Northeast where everybody is rude all the time.