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These 5 US Airports Have the Longest Security Wait Times


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As the summer travel season begins, airports across the United States are facing record crowds. Airports are busier than ever and security wait times are increasing as a result.

According to AAA, Nearly 3.4 million Americans are expected to fly over Memorial Day weekend this year, an increase of 11% compared to 2022 and 5.4% compared to 2019.

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That means this Memorial Day weekend will be the busiest on record when it comes to air travel, and airports are feeling the pinch.

Continued staff shortages, particularly in air traffic control, mean that airports have been experiencing problems such as delays and cancellations.

Large crowds also mean that travelers may face extremely long lines for airport security when traveling this summer.

The Bounce luggage storage company recently data collected around the worst airports for long wait times this year. These are the airports in the United States where travelers may experience the longest waits for security, as well as passport control if traveling internationally.

airport security line

1. St. Louis Lambert International Airport

The worst airport for long security lines is St. Louis Lambert International Airport, with an average wait time of 26 minutes and 36 seconds.

You won’t want to close the doors when you leave this airport this summer!

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St. Louis Lambert International Airport people waiting for flights

2. San Francisco International Airport

Another airport with long waits for security is San Francisco International Airport.

Passengers at this busy airport in San Francisco, California can expect to wait 25 minutes and 36 seconds in line for security.

Exterior view of the San Francisco International Airport

3. John F. Kennedy International Airport

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport is another US airport with the worst security wait times, arriving at 22 minutes and 48 seconds average.

Travelers at JFK should also anticipate more delays this summer, as the airport is one of the hardest hit by air traffic control personnel shortages right now.

Interior view of JFK International Airport

4. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

Another one of the worst airports for long security lines is the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Be prepared for wait times of around 22 minutes and 48 seconds at this airport.

Honolulu, HI, USA - July 22, 2019: Hawaiian Airlines plane at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

5. Miami International Airport

Finally, Miami International Airport ranks fifth among US airports for the longest security wait times, with an average wait of 22 minutes and 42 seconds.

Travelers departing from this South Florida hotspot should be prepared for a long wait at security.

Exterior view of Miami International Airport

What to do if you fly from one of these airports

Are you flying out of one of these airports this summer?

If so, there are steps you can take to reduce your wait time and make your airport experience as stress-free as possible.

First, one of the most obvious things to do is arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare. The standard advice is 2 hours in advance for domestic flights and 3 hours in advance for international flights.

Is this excessive? Maybe, but it’s better to find yourself with extra time on your hands after going through security than to be in a hurry and possibly miss your flight.

woman looking at flight board in airport

Is TSA PreCheck worth it?

Another way to save time at the airport is to get TSA PreCheck.

TSA PreCheck is just $78 and is valid for five years. Once you have completed the application process and been approved, you will be able to use the designated PreCheck line at airport security, which is usually much shorter than the normal security line.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, 89% of TSA PreCheck members waited less than five minutes on security lines in April 2023, making PreCheck well worth the cost.

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