The 7 Most Delayed Airports In The U.S.

on November 08 2012 10:28 AM
  • Denver International Airport
    It's a good sign for racked passengers that despite DIA actually improving two points this year, it fell farther down the rankings. That points to airports and airlines finally getting serious about alleviating massive delays. Best Time: Before 9 a.m. Worst Time: 3-11 p.m. Wikimedia Commons
  • O'Hare International Airport
    Get to O'Hare early, and don't go often. Yeah, it's definitely improving from its days as one of the country's most-delayed airports, but it's certainly not out of the woods yet. O'Hare is still disastrous if you're attempting to fly at night. Best Times: Before 7 a.m. Worst Times: 2-10 p.m. and after 11 p.m. Wikimedia Commons
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport
    Once one of the least-delayed U.S. airports, IAH has done a nosedive in the rankings. Happy hour is a mess here. Best Time: Before 8 a.m. Worst Time: 5-9 p.m. Wikimedia Commons
  • Miami International Airport
    While MIA dipped in the rankings, it improved its average wait time. Still, it's disconcerting to know that after 3 p.m., your odds of being delayed stand at about 25 percent. Best Time: Before 8 a.m. Worst Time: 2-11 p.m., especially 5-10 p.m. Wikimedia Commons
  • Midway International Airport
    Though it's inched out of its worst spot among delayed airports, Midway still has a long way to go before it's considered a breeze in the Windy City. Best Time: Before 8 a.m. Worst Time: After 3 p.m. Wikimedia
  • San Francisco International Airport
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is reportedly considering different methods that would restrict the sale of hard liquor as the Super Bowl draws near. Best Time: Before 8 a.m. Worst Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wikimedia
  • Newark International Airport
    While many airports on the list saw a marked improvement, Newark--long established as the nation's worst--slid further into transit shame. After 7 p.m. at Newark, you might as well just consider yourself delayed Best Time: 7 a.m. Worst Time: 1-11p p.m. Wikimedia
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Airports are probably the only places in America where you have to arrive three hours early to depart fours hours behind schedule.

Not surprisingly, passengers treat airports like prisons -- reluctant to enter, dying to exit.

And not all of these transportation hubs are created equal. The big ones -- cycling through hundreds of thousands of visitors each week --well, your flight is but a cipher to one of those. Expect a delay, and don't expect much more than a “Sorry, here are seven peanuts for your trouble.”


Here are the seven most-delayed airports in the U.S. , according to Travel and Leisure.  


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