I've been to 7 of them but then I will be at another 3 at the end of this week.
I don't mind DFW or PHX. No worse odds of delays than most majors.
Newark tops the bottom of my list. Dirty, mean, and I seem to always get delayed.
How does MCI (Kansas City) not make this list? There is absolutely nothing to do in the terminal once you pass security except sit there.
I travel all the time - nearly a trip every week and I concur with this list.
But what irks me is that America has really dump-crappy airports, but immaculate, upgraded state of the art Sports Arenas.
Says a lot about what we value.... Some old geezer once said,
" where your treasure lies, so does your heart".
I think we can all agree that slideshows are the O'Hare Airport of internet pages.
Oh, and if there's a better airport than MCI, I haven't been there.
I spent the night in the Newark airport on Thanksgiving a few years ago, it smelled like New Jersey
I've been in 11 of those.
My worst experience was in St. Louis. It was summer and about 95 degrees outside. I landed in St. Louis from Des Moines and they said that our next plane was already in line to take off and that they were going to put us on a tram so we could board while it was in line.
They put us in what was essentially a tin box on wheels, drove it out onto the tarmac and we sat there baking for about 2 hours without air conditioning. I was about ready to claw my way out of that box along with everybody else.
It seems this is a list of the busiest airports. I have been in 5 of them and it is a pain having to go so far at times to catch a connecting flight. Been to Sky Harbor a ton of times, and it is not bad but because of the amount of times I have been there I have had the most bad flying experience's there.
Besides being a little cramped for space I have really enjoyed flying allegiant into Mesa vs going a none direct flight and to sky harbor. Have also used them to vegas with good experience's too.
I like being able to show up at the airport 1 hour before my flight and not have anything to worry about.
Not surprised at all that Detroit-Wayne County Int'l isn't on that list. I've never had any problems flying out of or into Detroit, at least, where the problem was at Detroit. It's busy, but the way they've reconfigured that airport has made it an extremely efficient airport. Plus, being a Delta hub, it has a direct flight to the Quad Cities just in case I have to get "home" in a hurry. One of my favorite airports.
And I feel your pain about getting lost in Newark at night. My Newark-Chicago flight got cancelled due to a mechanical breakdown of the plane I was supposed to board right as a weather system was moving into the area that cancelled any other flight I could get on from any airline. My government travel agent booked me in a room at a Staybridge Inn on the other side of the NJ Turnpike. But the Mapquest directions that the car rental place printed out for me weren't accurate and I ended up in the Port of Newark and downtown Elizabeth several times. Turns out the sign pointing to Staybridge Inn was strategically placed to cause drivers to drive by the hotel on its first 3 attempts or so. Then, because my flight was cancelled and I got a new set of flights, I practically got strip searched at the airport the next morning. Turns out just about everyone flying out of Newark that morning became a security risk. To this day I find it extremely ironic that if you see several sets of "SS" on your ticket that ordinarily wouldn't be there, you can expect security to "randomly search" you.
Let me see here...
SAT - nope
ATL - yup, it's huge, but I didn't think it was that bad?
SMF - only been there once, didn't seem half bad, some funny art
STL - been there a few times, nothing special
CLE - nope (but will this spring)
SAN - when I was 7
MDW - been through here too many times on Southwest transfers... nowhere to eat here :(
BWI - I like BWI, really good food choices, and direct flights practically everywhere?
DCA - so glad that Southwest goes here... cramped as hell, but really convenient location
FLL - nope
LAS - hilarious to see the slot machines off the plane, that's worth some points right there
HOU - nope
BOS - nope
JFK - nope
DEN - some really good food, been transferred through here a few times and didn't mind it
PHL - nope
DFW - only bounced through here quickly
LAX - actually, this is one of my least favorite airports, but the approach vector has a fun view
MIA - nope
LGA - been here, didn't spent enough time to really think too badly about it
IAD - I don't know why you would hate on this place--it's meant as an international hub
ORD - been through a few times, superior to MDW, at least
IAH - nope
SFO - not much there but the gates, but easy enough to get downtown from there
EWR - never been
15/25 for me, some of the rankings up there I have to disagree with (BWI in particular).
What did they rank highly that we are missing? DTW? Nashville? Love Field? Charlotte? Pittsburgh? Cincinnati? MCI? The smaller LA airports? AUS? Sky Harbor? Albuquerque Sunport? Minneapolis? PDX? I can't think of many more big ones that serve as anything like a hub for any of the major airlines.
Hate flying thru EWR and PHL, nothing but a lousy experience for both. I know folks routinely complain about O'Hare but I've had no real issue there, other than it just feeling uncomfortably busy. Luggage did get left behind one time but that was due to our flight out of Des Moines being delayed, we only barely made the gate as is. IAH is one that surprises me, didn't think they'd be that high.