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These U.S. Airports have the Best and Worst TSA Wait Times

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Dec 27, 2019 10:22:08 AM

airportsecurityThe most stressful part of student travel for trip leaders and chaperones can often be the thought of getting all the students efficiently through airport security.  Not surprisingly, one of our most popular blog posts is about advice for reducing airport stress when traveling with a school group.  According to a new study conducted by Upgraded Points, these are the U.S. airports with the best and worst TSA security wait times.

 

 

According to Upgraded Points, this study "used data on security line wait times directly from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which publishes the average wait time for each hour of the day and day of the week.  To find the best and worst times to go through TSA security at each, we searched through every day of the week to find the maximum and minimum average wait time.  We only looked at data for 4:00am through 11:00pm when determining the best time to go through security, as this time period is most realistic for travelers and is when the majority of flights depart."

 

The 5 Airports with the Best Average TSA Security Wait Times

1. Salt Lake City International (SLC) | The best time to travel is on Wednesdays from 6 – 7 p.m., with an overall average wait time of 9.1 minutes.

 

2. Washington Dulles International (IAD) | The best time to travel is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 11 p.m., with an overall average wait time of 10.5 minutes.


3. Boston Logan International (BOS) | The best time to travel is on Thursdays from 10 – 11 p.m., with an overall average wait time of 10.6 minutes.


4. Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) | The best time to travel is on Saturdays from 8 – 9 p.m., with an overall average wait time of 13 minutes.


5. TIE: Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) and Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) | The best time to travel out of CLT is on Wednesdays from 4 – 5 a.m. The best time to travel out of DTW is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 11 p.m. Both have an overall average wait time of 13.2 minutes.

 

The 5 Airports with the Worst Average TSA Security Wait Times

1. Newark Liberty International (EWR) | The best time to travel is on Fridays from 10 – 11 p.m., with an overall average wait time of 23.1 minutes.


2. George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) | The best time to travel is on Wednesdays from 5 – 6 a.m., with an overall average wait time of 19.8 minutes.


3. Miami International (MIA) | The best time to travel is on Sundays from 10 – 11 p.m., with an average overall wait time of 19.6 minutes.


4. Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) | The best time to travel is on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 – 11 p.m., with an average overall wait time of 18.2 minutes.


5. McCarran International (LAS) | The best time to travel is on Tuesdays from 6 – 7 p.m., with an average overall wait time of 17.3 minutes.

 

For even more advice on getting student groups efficiently through airport security, check out our tips on packing Great TSA-Friendly Snacks to Take to the Airport.  

 

If your student group is looking to plan a school trip in 2020, please browse our many trip itineraries or reach out to one of our experienced travel consultants

 

Topics: Airport Security, TSA, Airport Travel

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