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The top 10 worst airports in America

The top 10 worst airports in America

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Travel + Leisure magazine ranks the worst airports in the U.S. based on everything from location to variety of restaurants.

The votes for America’s worst airports are in and from the looks of it, those traveling to and from New York City should seek other forms of transportation.

According to Travel + Leisure magazine readers, three of the five worst airports in the U.S. can be found in or around the Big Apple. New York’s LaGuardia Airport earned the title of “Worst Airport in America” thanks to its lack of cleanliness, poor baggage handling and lengthy check-in process. JFK and Newark followed close behind as readers scorned both airports for inefficiency and long lines.

To make the list, the magazine asked its readers to rate America’s 22 major airports in a variety of different categories including flight delays, amenities, food and drink, location, design and impression of security procedures.

Bad airport experiences don’t seem to be confined to New York. Airports in Philadelphia and Los Angeles got poor marks for overcrowding, dated design and surly staff members while O’Hare Airport in Chicago was ranked as next to worst for flight delays.

Here’s the complete list of America’s worst airports according to readers:

  1. New York (LGA)
  2. Los Angeles (LAX)
  3. Philadelphia (PHL)
  4. New York (JFK)
  5. Newark (EWR)
  6. Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  7. Washington Dulles (IAD)
  8. Boston (BOS)
  9. Houston (IAH)
  10. Atlanta (ATL)

So as not to leave passengers completely discouraged, Travel + Leisure also compiled a list of America’s best airports. The top spot went to Minneapolis thanks to the airport’s accessible location, spotless terminals and array of shops and restaurants. Airports in Charlotte and Detroit followed close behind.

Since the magazine asked potentially disgruntled flyers themselves to provide information for both lists, these rankings probably aren’t the most objective. They do, however, provide some pretty interesting insights into the passenger experience.

Do you agree with the lists?

[via Travel + Leisure]

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Sarah Korones

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Contributing Editor Sarah Korones is a freelance writer based in New York. She has written for Psychology Today and Boston's Weekly Dig. She holds a degree from Tufts University. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure