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This Airport Has the Longest Lines in the U.S.

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If you’re flying out of Miami International Airport, you better leave yourself plenty of extra time to get through security and passport control. Luggage storage company Bounce analyzed data from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to determine the airports with the longest wait times for both security and passport control.

Miami International Airport was the worst for combined wait times, with passengers waiting an average of 46 minutes to get through both TSA and border security. 

If you’re flying domestically, Palm Beach International was surprisingly the worst airport in America for TSA lines, with an average of 36 minutes of wait time. 

The Airports With the Longest Wait Times

RankAirport NameSecurity Wait TimePassport Control Wait Time Combined Wait Time 
1Miami International 24:5422:0346:57
2Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International 18:1828:2346:41
3San Francisco International 27:4818:0845:56
4John F. Kennedy International 25:0019:5444:54
5O’Hare International 19:1820:0839:26
6St. Louis Lambert International 28:4810:2939:17
7Palm Beach International 36:1802:2438:42
8Oakland International 18:3618:4637:22
9Fresno Yosemite International 19:1817:5737:15
10San Diego International 19:1816:0435:22
Data Courtesy of Bounce

If you’re looking to speed through both security and passport control, Raleigh-Durham International Airport will be your best bet. This airport only had an average combined wait time of 16 minutes. 

Shockingly, busy Newark Liberty International Airport only reported an average wait of five minutes to get through the TSA line. 

The Airports With the Best Wait Times

RankAirport NameSecurity Wait TimePassport Control Wait Time Combined Wait Time 
1Raleigh–Durham International 10:0606:0316:09
2Baltimore/Washington International 10:1209:0219:14
3Charlotte Douglas International 09:5409:2119:15
4Newark Liberty International 05:1814:2819:46
5Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International 08:1811:3219:50
6Detroit Metropolitan 09:0011:2420:24
7Phoenix Sky Harbor International 16:4805:4622:34
8San Antonio International 08:1814:1822:36
9Austin–Bergstrom International 08:1814:4823:06
10Sacramento International Airport08:1815:5124:09
Data Courtesy of Bounce

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