The 8 To Watch Out For
Airports across the county are bracing for the perfect storm that could potentially leave travelers stuck in security lines of unprecedented lengths, or even worse just plain old stranded. The cause behind the this is quite simple. Cheaper airfare is expected to drive a record number of travelers across the country, but the TSA has far too little security personnel to deal with this superseded influx.
While the Transportation Security Admission has been given permission to hire more screeners and pay current employees overtime for their additional work, can they do it in time to save holiday travelers from an already daunting experience? Chicago and Atlanta have already been reporting security lines exceeding an hour long, and the hashtag #IHateTheWait has even begun trending where travelers vent their frustrations. Some airports are recommending arriving at least three hours ahead of flights, which is what is normally recommended for international flights, and some reports that I have read proved that even arriving that early has proved insufficient. As someone who travels a great deal this is something I certainly looked into and wanted to know more about.
Like me, you might be wondering at which airports do airline travelers have it the worst? Well according to Time Magazine, out of the country’s busiest airports these are the eight with lowest percentage of on time departures between January and March of this year, based on data recorded from the Department of Transportation. While these are not numbers to live by, if you are flying out of one of these airports I would take all the precautions I could while planning my departure time.
- San Francisco, CA (SFO) 71.82% On-Time
- Miami, FL (MIA) 76.03% On-Time
- Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) 76.60% On-Time
- Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) 76.64% On-Time
- Denver, CO (DEN) 77.21% On-Time
- New York, New York (LGA) 77.38% On-Time
- Los Angeles, CA (LAX) 77.40% On-Time
- Orlando, FL (MCO) 78.35% On-Time
In the past three weeks I have flown out of LAX, LGA, MIA, and SFO. While I didn’t witness anything that crazy, having my TSA Pre Check was definitely a comfort. If you don’t know what that is or what it does, I would highly suggest you look into it and apply. It has saved me countless hours in security lines and made traveling a lot more fun. I Hope this chart helps some of you with your travel plans and flights for the upcoming holidays!