These 5 US airports have the longest TSA security wait times

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The next 3 months will undoubtedly be the busiest times for air travel this year. Fueled by 2 years of confinement, people have been deprived of vacations.

Now is the time for them to go out into the world and catch up on all those missed flights and destinations.

With children out of school and many parents able to take their vacations, this summer looks like the summer of the books. Airlines are selling out flights at pre-pandemic levels, and airports and airlines are struggling with unprecedented demand for air travel.

From understaffed airlines to hour-long security lines at airports, the truth is that air travel this summer is going to be nothing short of chaotic for the next few months.

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There are ways to mitigate long wait times though and one of the best ways to do that is to avoid the airports with the longest wait times, because let’s face it; not all airports are the same.

Frequent domestic travelers know that no two airports are ever the same, and we all have an airport we dread flying to.

Some airports are not only inconvenient or more expensive to depart, some actually require longer security wait times.

This means that if you want to make traveling easier this summer, you’ll be wise to avoid these 5 airports with the longest TSA wait times.
Passengers at an airport

Bounce analyzed data from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and US Customs and Border Protection. To determine the average wait time at each airport, the company totaled wait times at security and passport checks.

Be aware that the list does not include time spent collecting baggage or walking through terminals, so passengers should anticipate even longer wait times.

US airports with the longest wait times

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5. O’Hare International Airport (Chicago, IL)

Total waiting time: 39 minutes, 26 seconds

Average security waiting time: 19 minutes, 18 seconds

Average waiting time for passport control: 20 minutes, 8 seconds

O’Hare International Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the world, serving approximately 54 million passengers in 2021.

Chicago, USA - April 28, 2011: Passengers crossing Chicago O'Hare International Airport - also known as ORD.

4. John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York, New York)

Total waiting time: 45 minutes, 54 seconds

Average security waiting time: 25 minutes

Average waiting time for passport control: 19 minutes, 54 seconds

John F. Kennedy International Airport is New York’s busiest airport, serving 30.7 million passengers in 2021.

jfk airport at night

3. San Francisco International Airport (San Francisco, CA)

Total waiting time: 45 minutes, 56 seconds

Average security waiting time: 27 minutes, 48 ​​seconds

Average waiting time for passport control: 18 minutes, 8 seconds

San Francisco International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States, serving over 24 million passengers in 2021.

San Francisco International Airport or SFO at dusk

2. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Total waiting time: 46 minutes, 41 seconds

Average security waiting time: 18 minutes, 18 seconds

Average waiting time for passport control: 28 minutes, 23 seconds

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is one of three airports in the greater Miami area. More than 28 million passengers passed through the airport in 2021.

Passengers entering customs at Miami International Airport

1. Miami International Airport (Miami, Florida)

Total waiting time: 46 minutes 57 seconds

Average security waiting time: 24 minutes, 54 seconds

Average waiting time for passport control: 22 minutes, 3 seconds

Miami International Airport is the second busiest airport in Florida. It served over 37 million passengers in 2021.

The airport has an online security screening portal which shows the expected waiting time.

If you want to minimize travel hassles for this summer, be sure to avoid these 5 airports above, and if you can’t avoid them, be sure to give yourself plenty of time between connecting flights and departures.

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