What is the worst aspect about airports, and why is it the wait times in the TSA lines? Nothing is worse than arriving to the airport within a reasonable timeframe prior to your flight, only to spend most of it waiting behind 30 other people to remove your shoes and belt, walk through a metal detector, and have your carry-on analyzed by agents who are probably thinking about traveling themselves.
Luckily for San Antonio travelers, wait times at the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) add up to just under 18 minutes, making it the airport with the second shortest security wait times, according to a new study by luggage storage locator Bounce. The report analyzed the average flight processing times for security checks and passport control for several major airports around the country, not including baggage retrieval or navigation times.
On average, travelers at SAT only spend a little more than six minutes in line for security, and international travelers spend an additional 11.5 minutes at passport control. Bounce's study attributes the short wait times due to SAT not being a central hub for any specific airline.
"The airport primarily serves domestic flights, which could contribute to shorter wait times at passport control and security," the report said.
San Antonio jumped six places from 2022, where it previously ranked No. 8, after improving wait times by five minutes.
The airport that outranked SAT to take the top spot in the report is the Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Maryland, whose average wait times come out to less than 15 minutes. No other Texas airports appeared in the top 10.
The top 10 U.S. airports with the shortest wait times are:
- No. 1 – Baltimore/Washington International Airport
- No. 2 – San Antonio International Airport
- No. 3 – San Jose International Airport
- No. 4 – Newark Liberty International Airport
- No. 5 – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
- No. 6 – Sacramento International Airport
- No. 7 – Raleigh-Durham International Airport
- No. 8 – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- No. 9 – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- No. 10 – Denver International Airport
In the analysis of the American airports with the longest wait times, the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York earned the top spot with an average wait time of over 48 minutes. Rounding out the top five are the San Francisco International Airport (No. 2), Miami International Airport (No. 3), Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (No. 4), and the Orlando International Airport (No. 5).
The full report can be found on usebounce.com.