These days – flying is more stressful than ever – but some airports are bound to make your travel experience even more miserable.
From a reputation of delayed flights to $27 dollar beers – travelers have long voiced their concerns about their least favorite airports in America.
So, if you’re looking to hopefully save yourself the stress of flying into – or out of – the worst of the worst, these are the three airports you’ll want to avoid if you can.
Newark Liberty International, New Jersey
Want to miss your flight?
Fly through Newark.
Newark has earned the reputation of having the worst on-time departure record in America – with 1 out of every 3 flights experiencing a delay… or even cancelation.
In fact, in June of 2022 – only 59 percent of flights were on time… meaning a whopping 40 percent of flights were delayed or canceled altogether.
What a nightmare.
That coupled with the massive headache it takes to even get to Newark – and all the current construction within the airport – puts travelers in a stressed-out mood before they even board their plane.
And remember – this is the same hub that scammed customers by charging them a whopping $27 for a pint of beer.
Yeah, no thanks.
LaGuardia Airport, New York
LaGuardia doesn’t have as many flight cancelations or delays as Newark – but they are pretty close.
From outdated design plans that are difficult to navigate to the headache of dealing with flight cancelations – LaGuardia is one of the most-hated airports in all of America.
Even President Biden had a few choice words at just how bad LaGuardia is – sparking a massive renovation effort.
“New York authorities green-lit the works after the then-Vice President said, “If I blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York you’d think I must be in some third-world country.”
The central terminal, B, was built in 1964, and had barely changed since then.”
While LaGuardia may be bad – it’s a bit of a stretch to compare a heated and air-conditioned airport with bathrooms, clean water, and food options galore to a “third world country” …
… but you get the idea.
Overall, New York is an awful place anyways – so it’s best to avoid it if you can.
Los Angeles International Airport, California
As the second busiest airport in America (behind Atlanta), millions fly through Los Angeles Airport (LAX) each year.
While Biden’s COVID-19 fiasco may have temporarily slowed down travel – The LA Times reports a whop ping 48 million passengers still traveled through LAX in 2021.
But with busy airports and millions of people come a host of problems.
In addition to traffic congestion, parking woes, and not many transportation options – to the airport itself – travelers complain the actual design of the airport isn’t the most efficient – and is complicated to navigate.
And with nine terminals – if you have a connecting flight at a different terminal – be prepared to walk a lot – and even possibly go through security again depending on which terminal you’re flying out of.
“The terminals in the airport are not efficiently connected. So, it will be difficult if you want to move from one terminal to another. For instance, Terminal 1 is not connected to any other terminals. If you have a connecting flight, you need to exit the terminal and go through the security procedure at the next terminal.
Terminals 2 and 3 are connected by landside only. So, you have to clear the security again while reentering. These terminals are not connected to any other terminals. So, moving to other terminals consume your time heavily as you need to clear the security again. It is tiring for the passengers!”
As if dealing with the TSA isn’t bad enough once… you may have to experience them twice!
Talk about a stressful experience.
Regardless of which airport you fly into or out of – each has their pros and cons.
Larger airports may be annoying to navigate through – but they’ll have more flight options should your flight get cancelled or delayed.
Smaller airports in a more remote city may have lower food prices…
… but only one or two options to choose from – as compared to the countless options at larger airports.
So when you book your next flight, be prepared for anything – but if at all possible, just avoid traveling to one of the worst airports in America.
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If so, what was your travel experience like?
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