The Airports With The Shortest, and Longest, Security Waits

It’s no secret the issues that airlines and airports have been having this year as airlines deal with a ramp up to pre-COVID levels of travel but suffer from delayed aircraft deliveries and airport staff are always seemingly on strike.

The U.S. Travel Association has made it one of its top priorities to assist in improving the air travel system. In addition, at our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit event hosted this summer, the challenges faced by air travel was a topic that came up over and over again.

To that effect, PlanetWare sought to determine which U.S. airports have the longest and shortest wait times for security. In all, it found that the average wait time across all U.S. airports is about 10 minutes and, on average, 81 percent of all U.S. flights have been reported on time since 2014.

The major airports with the shortest wait times include (plus the average wait time in minutes):

  1. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (5.1)
  2. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (7.1)
  3. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (7.8)
  4. Philadelphia International Airport (9.2)
  5. Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (10)
  6. Miami International Airport (10.4)
  7. John F. Kennedy International Airport (10.6)
  8. Nashville International Airport (10.8)
  9. Harry Reid International Airport (11)
  10. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (11.4)

The major airports with the shortest wait times include:

  1. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (20.5)
  2. O'Hare International Airport (19.5)
  3. Chicago Midway International Airport (18.4)
  4. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (17.1)
  5. Tampa International Airport (17.1)
  6. San Francisco International Airport (16.4)
  7. Dulles International Airport (16.3)
  8. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (14.5)
  9. Orlando International Airport (14.5)
  10. Boston Logan International Airport (13.2)

Methodology: PlanetWare collected data for more than 150 airports nationwide. It calculated the average wait times by gathering data each day for one week during one of the busiest times at airports, 11 a.m. to noon.

Source: PlanetWare

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