Sorry, New Orleans you won the top spot on this list. Yes, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport had the longest security lines of the top-40 busiest U.S. airports.
See how we figured this out, and view the rest of the 11-slowest security lines, by clicking “more.”
Update: Wanted to say thanks for all the response to this post. I also wanted to clear up why we chose Monday (2:00pm – 6:00pm) the idea was to pick a time that was relatively busy, but by no means the busiest time of the week. I am going to follow up this post (see it here) with a look at the TSA’s data for Fridays during the same time period which is a much busier time window. Maybe we’ll see some longer waits at airports that didn’t make the initial list. TSA provides the data, we are just interpreting it across a wide range of airports.
Here’s how we did this: first, we looked at data for the top-40 busiest U.S. airports, from Oct. 30 through Nov. 27, data courtesy of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). We focused on the maximum wait-in-security-line times on Mondays during the hours of 2pm to 6pm. Again, sometimes the waits were shorter; but we decided to show you the longest you might have to wait (as always, your experience may differ).
Here’s where you can expect the longest security-line waits:
1. New Orleans – 40 minutes (Checkpoint MSYC)
2. Newark – 35 minutes (Terminal B/3)
3. DFW (Dallas/Ft. Worth) – 34 minutes (E7)
4. JFK (New York) – 29 minutes (3 pax ser)
5. LAX (Los Angeles) – 28 minutes (Terminal 4)
6. (tie) Cleveland – 27 minutes (C/D Concourse)
7. (tie) Miami – 27 minutes (Terminals D & H)
8. (tie) Oakland – 27 minutes (Terminal 2)
9. Indianapolis – 26 minutes (A Concourse)
10. (tie) Atlanta – 25 minutes (Main)
11. (tie) Philadelphia – 25 minutes (D)