The Best and Worst Airports if You’re Running Late

A recent study by Finance Buzz looked at America’s 45 busiest airports to determine which airports are least and most forgiving to travelers who are timed crunched. And as a result they determined the best and worst airports if the best and worst airports if you’re running lateyou’re running late.

10 worst airports if you’re running late

Ranking Airport Avg TSA wait time Avg # of departing passengers/day CLEAR offered?
1 Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) 33:53 min 43,626 Yes
2 Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) 31:58 min 56,794 No
3 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) 30:37 min 46,246 Yes
4 Orlando International Airport (MCO) 32:04 min 54,849 Yes
5 Atlanta International Airport (ATL) 26:41 min 125,283 Yes
6 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 31:16 min 57,535 Yes
7 Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA) 25:28 min 58,603 Yes
8 Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) 24:59 min 43,590 Yes
9 Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) 24:08 min 42,653 Yes
10 John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) 25:08 min 38,445 Yes

10 best airports if you’re running late

Ranking Airport Avg TSA wait time Avg # of departing passengers/day CLEAR offered?
1 Hobby Airport (HOU) 13:46 min 17,887 Yes
2 Kansas City International Airport (MCI) 15:43 min 15,747 No
3 Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) 14:19 min 16,653 No
4 San Antonio International Airport (SAT) 18:08 min 12,712 Yes
5 Nashville International Airport (BNA) 14:11 min 21,065 No
6 Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) 14:56 min 20,431 No
7 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) 16:23 min 56,431 Yes
8 Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) 15:55 min 36,814 Yes
9 Indianapolis International Airport (IND) 15:43 min 12,551 No
10 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) 19:28 min 20,566 Yes

The truth is no matter how savvy a traveler you are, there are times when you’re time crushed, so understanding the best and worst airports if you’re running late might just help you make your flight or not.

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