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October 24, 2021
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The US's best and worst airports

It's that time of year when travellers take stock of the ground they've covered. And if they're frequent travellers, they also take stock of the hell they've been through.

The folks at online news website The Daily Beast took the time to parse the numbers for the US's 27 main airports, by combining data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics about on-time departures and arrivals, with security wait times from Flight Explorer, and JD Power and Associates' 2009 Airport Satisfaction study, which ranked everything from baggage claim to food and retail services.

The absolute worst? Newark, New Jersey (which services New York City) with over 25 percent of flights delayed, the second worst record of flights left sitting on the tarmac, and one of the lowest safety rankings. Rounding out the bottom five in ascending order are Miami International (which clocked in the longest security wait times at 13 minutes), JFK in New York (which was bottom of the barrel for flights left sitting on the tarmac), Hartfield-Jackson in Atlanta and finally O'Hare in Chicago. If you're flying to New York City, pick LaGuardia which ranked a lacklustre (but still more encouraging) 19th.

The best of the bunch? Phoenix Sky Harbor International was tops with only 15 percent of flights delayed. The runner-up was Seattle-Tacoma, then Cincinatti/North Kentucky International (which had the shortest security wait times at five minutes). LAX in Los Angeles was fourth (and was top-rated for fewest flights left sitting on the tarmac), with Orlando rounding out the top five. Las Vegas's McCarran Airport wasn't too far behind in seventh place.

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