Worst Airports in America

The Daily Beast sifts through the statistics to find out which airports are the most miserable.

In the coming week, approximately 25 million travelers will fly to join friends and family for Thanksgiving. Turkey Day travel is notorious for headache-inducing delays and cancellations, not to mention overstuffed terminals and endless tarmac traffic.

In light of the impending travel season, and for the third year in a row, The Daily Beast combed through an extensive amount of statistics related to air travel to determine which airports have the most consistently delayed flights and offer the worst travel experience.

To determine the ranks, we considered the 50 largest airports in the U.S. according to total passengers in 2010 based on Airports Council International statistics. Each airport was ranked based on the following data points:

-Percentage of on-time arrivals in 2011 (weighted 25 percent) and percentage of on-time departures (25 percent), according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

-Average security wait time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (20 percent) according to Flight Explorer

-Average percentage of on-time departures during national holidays (20 percent)—including Presidents' Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays—according to the BTS.

-Comfort and amenities for each airport, using the JD Power and Associates’ 2010 North American Airport Satisfaction Study, an exhaustive consumer rating of passenger satisfaction (10 percent).

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30. Sacramento International (SMF)—Sacramento, Calif.

Total passengers, 2010: 8,849,711
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 83.6%
On-time departures, 2011: 82.4%
Average arrival delay: 8.6 minutes
Average departure delay: 9.4 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 73.7%
Average security wait time: 8 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): n/a
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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29. Pittsburgh International (PIT)—Pittsburgh, Pa.

Total passengers, 2010: 8,195,359
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 77.9%
On-time departures, 2011: 81%
Average arrival delay: 13.2 minutes
Average departure delay: 12.0 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 77.9%
Average security wait time: 5 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): n/a
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 2

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28. Detroit Metro Wayne County (DTW)—Detroit, Mich.

Total passengers, 2010: 32,377,064
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 76 %
On-time departures, 2011: 78.6%
Average arrival delay: 14 minutes
Average departure delay: 13 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 79.7%
Average security wait time: 6 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 705 (ranked out 7 of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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27. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG)—Cincinnati, Ohio

Total passengers, 2010: 7,977,588
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 75.6%
On-time departures, 2011: 79.4%
Average arrival delay: 15.2 minutes
Average departure delay: 13.4 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 78.1%
Average security wait time: 4 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 713 (ranked 4 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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26. Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP)—Minneapolis, Minn.

Total passengers, 2010: 32,839,441
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 77.5%
On-time departures, 2011: 80.6%
Average arrival delay: 12.6 minutes
Average departure delay: 11.3 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 75.4%
Average security wait time: 8 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 701 (ranked 8 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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25. Kansas City International (MCI)—Kansas City, Mo.

Total passengers, 2010: 10,168,035
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 78.8%
On-time departures, 2011: 78.8%
Average arrival delay: 12.4 minutes
Average departure delay: 12.6 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 75.1%
Average security wait time: 5 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 742 (ranked 1 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 1

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24. Denver International (DEN)—Denver, Colo.

Total passengers, 2010: 52,209,377
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 76.7%
On-time departures, 2011: 76.8%
Average arrival delay: 12.9 minutes
Average departure delay: 12.9 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 80.3%
Average security wait time: 10 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 701 (ranked 8 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 1


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23. Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA)—Washington, D.C.

Total passengers, 2010: 18,105,802
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 75.8%
On-time departures, 2011: 79.7%
Average arrival delay: 13.7 minutes
Average departure delay: 11.4 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 78.1%
Average security wait time: 7 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 672 (ranked 21 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 1

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22. Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)—Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Total passengers, 2010: 9,101,870
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 77.4%
On-time departures, 2011: 80%
Average arrival delay: 13.2 minutes
Average departure delay: 12.1 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 77.7%
Average security wait time: 6 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000):  n/a
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0


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21. McCarran International (LAS)—Las Vegas, Nev.

Total passengers, 2010: 39,757,359
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 80.4%
On-time departures, 2011: 78.3%
Average arrival delay: 10.7 minutes
Average departure delay: 11.9 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 77.3%
Average security wait time: 13 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 682 (ranked 17 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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20. Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT)—Charlotte, N.C.

Total passengers, 2010: 38,254,207
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 72%
On-time departures, 2011: 77.5%
Average arrival delay: 15.4 minutes
Average departure delay: 13.3 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 84%
Average security wait time: 8 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 697 (ranked 11 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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19. Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL)—Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Total passengers, 2010: 22,412,627
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 76.1%
On-time departures, 2011: 78%
Average arrival delay: 14.3 minutes
Average departure delay: 13.3 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 78.7%
Average security wait time: 8 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 677 (ranked 19 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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18. Oakland International (OAK)—Oakland, Calif.

Total passengers, 2010: 9,857,845
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 82.1%
On-time departures, 2011: 79.0%
Average arrival delay: 8.8 minutes
Average departure delay: 10.4 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 71.4%
Average security wait time: 7 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 691 (ranked 13 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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17. Dallas/Ft. Worth International (DFW)—Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas

Total passengers, 2010: 56,906,610
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 74.5%
On-time departures, 2011: 76.2%
Average arrival delay: 13.4 minutes
Average departure delay: 12.5 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 81.9%
Average security wait time: 7 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 692 (ranked 12 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 1

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16. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)—Atlanta, Ga.

Total passengers, 2010: 89,331,622
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 75.5%
On-time departures, 2011: 76.6%
Average arrival delay: 14.2 minutes
Average departure delay: 13.6 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 81.6%
Average security wait time: 8 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 666 (ranked 22 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 2
 

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15. Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)—Baltimore, Md.

Total passengers, 2010: 21,949,902
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 75.7%
On-time departures, 2011: 74.6%
Average arrival delay: 14.5 minutes
Average departure delay: 14.8 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 80%
Average security wait time: 6 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 707 (ranked 6 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 1

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14, General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)—Milwaukee, Wis.

Total passengers, 2010: 9,848,377
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 74.9%
On-time departures, 2011: 79.5%
Average arrival delay: 14.8 minutes
Average departure delay: 12.5 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 78.4%
Average security wait time: 5 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): n/a
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 1

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13. Washington Dulles International (IAD)—Washington, D.C.

Total passengers, 2010: 23,591,554
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 74.6%
On-time departures, 2011: 78.1%
Average arrival delay: 16.7 minutes
Average departure delay: 14.9 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 78.1%
Average security wait time: 6 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 646 (ranked 24 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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12. Nashville International (BNA)—Nashville, Tenn.

Total passengers, 2010: 9,037,456
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 77.1%
On-time departures, 2011: 77.1%
Average arrival delay: 12.9 minutes
Average departure delay: 13.1 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 76.9%
Average security wait time: 5 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): n/a
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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11. Philadelphia International (PHL)—Philadelphia, Pa.

Total passengers, 2010: 30,775,961
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 72.4%
On-time departures, 2011: 76.9%
Average arrival delay: 16.3 minutes
Average departure delay: 14.1 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 79.9%
Average security wait time: 10 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 629 (ranked 28 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0
 

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10. Miami International (MIA)—Miami, Fla.

Total passengers, 2010: 35,698,025
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 71.3%
On-time departures, 2011: 74.1%
Average arrival delay: 16.4 minutes
Average departure delay: 15.3 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 81.6%
Average security wait time: 12 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 617 (ranked 29 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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9. Boston Logan International (BOS)—Boston, Mass.

Total passengers, 2010: 27,428,962
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 71.6%
On-time departures, 2011: 75.8%
Average arrival delay: 16.1 minutes
Average departure delay: 14.3 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 77.7%
Average security wait time: 5 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 644 (ranked 25 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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8. Lambert-St. Louis International (STL)—St. Louis, Mo.

Total passengers, 2010: 12,331,436
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 75.6%
On-time departures, 2011: 75.2%
Average arrival delay: 13.2 minutes
Average departure delay: 13.4 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 74.9%
Average security wait time: 9 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 683 (ranked 16 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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7. Chicago Midway International (MDW)—Chicago, Ill.

Total passengers, 2010: 17,566,281
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 74.4%
On-time departures, 2011: 70.2%
Average arrival delay: 14.2 minutes
Average departure delay: 16.3 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 76.4%
Average security wait time: 7 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 684 (ranked 15 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 1

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6. San Francisco International (SFO)—San Francisco, Calif.

Total passengers, 2010: 39,253,999
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 74.2%
On-time departures, 2011: 74.7%
Average arrival delay: 15.3 minutes
Average departure delay: 15.8 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 72.6%
Average security wait time: 4 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 647 (ranked 23 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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5. LaGuardia (LGA)—New York, N.Y.

Total passengers, 2010: 23,983,082
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 71.1%
On-time departures, 2011: 76.5%
Average arrival delay: 16.1 minutes
Average departure delay: 13.5 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 74.9%
Average security wait time: 6 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 604 (ranked 32 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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4. William P. Hobby (HOU)—Houston, Texas

Total passengers, 2010: 9,054,001
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 74.6%
On-time departures, 2011: 70.9%
Average arrival delay: 13.5 minutes
Average departure delay: 15.4 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 72.7%
Average security wait time: 4 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): n/a
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 1

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3. John F. Kennedy International (JFK)—New York, N.Y.

Total passengers, 2010: 46,514,154
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 70.7%
On-time departures, 2011: 74.1%
Average arrival delay: 18.6 minutes
Average departure delay: 17.0 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 76.1%
Average security wait time: 6 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 635 (ranked 27 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 4

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2. Newark Liberty International (EWR)—Newark, N.J.

Total passengers, 2010: 33,107,041
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 67.5%
On-time departures, 2011: 70.8%
Average arrival delay: 19.3 minutes
Average departure delay: 17.9 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 72.4%
Average security wait time: 7 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 609 (ranked 31 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 0

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1. Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)—Chicago, Ill.

Total passengers, 2010: 66,774,738
 
On-time arrivals, 2011: 67.6%
On-time departures, 2011: 70.3%
Average arrival delay: 18.8 minutes
Average departure delay: 17.1 minutes
On-time holiday departures: 72.1%
Average security wait time: 9 minutes
 
Amenities score (out of 1000): 639 (ranked 26 out of 32)
Incidents/Accidents in 2011: 4