June 27, 2016

Airports that kill phone batteries, ranked

By Team Ventev Topic:

Long security lines at U.S. airports could ruin the start of thousands of vacations this summer. In case you haven’t been watching the news, complaints over security checkpoint delays increased threefold in March 2016, according to a Bloomberg report, and have been a problem ever since. Some passengers have waited hours.

While the Transportation Security Administration has said it’s making progress, be prepared to wait.

If you’re stuck in line, or waiting for a plane, your smartphone is your lifeline to sanity. Don’t get stranded without spare power to keep your phone charged.

How much power you’ll need depends on the airport. Some are worse than others. We’re here to point out which ones are likely to have the longest wait times and leave you most in need of extra power.

Our airport misery index combines data compiled by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the TSA, and the Federal Aviation Administration to gauge how likely you are to need a spare battery while waiting at the airport. Check to see how long your wait might during your next trip:


The index is comprised of the percentage of late departures, the number and length of delays for security concerns for the first quarter of 2016, and the number of complaints the TSA has received for long lines through an app that alerts travelers to long delays.

Of course this isn’t meant to be a scientific analysis. We just want to give you a heads up about what you might expect for your next trip. Because the TSA doesn’t release data on historical wait times, we rely on anecdotal reports, and we include data regarding flight delays caused by security issues, which might not be directly related to security lines.

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