Which US Airports Have the Longest Security Lines?

Much like you think your city has the worst traffic and your bars are full of the worst people, you probably also think your local major airport has the worst security wait times. But as you shuffle behind the guy who forgot to remove his shoes, and curse yourself for not signing up for TSA Precheck, remember one thing: there’s probably an airport that’s worse. Unless you’re flying out of LAX.

But to find out which of America's airports actually DO maintain the absolute slowest security lines, we teamed up with the folks at MiFlight, an app that tracks wait times at 150 airports worldwide. To the surprise of absolutely nobody (we were only half joking above), Los Angeles International tops the list with an average slog of 40 minutes. Read that again: FORTY MINUTES. Jaw-dropping to most, but probably imperceptible to a group of people use to spending two hours in traffic every day.

Just for kicks, MiFlight also gave us the longest recorded waits in aviation-security history at the ten slowest airports. The record... a staggering 3-hour-and-51-minute clusterfuck at New York’s John F. Kennedy International. Yeah, travelers could have watched Escape from New York TWICE and still not have escaped.

Anyway, here is the full breakdown by average and longest wait:

10. Chicago - Midway

Average: 8 minutes
Longest: 108 minutes

9. Philadelphia International

Average: 14 minutes
Longest: 151 minutes

7. Newark Liberty

Average: 15 minutes
Longest: 168 minutes

7. Washington - Dulles

Average: 15 minutes
Longest: 90 minutes

6. Dallas - Ft. Worth

Average: 20 minutes
Longest: 108 minutes

5. John F. Kennedy International

Average: 21 minutes
Longest: 232 minutes

4. Miami International

Average: 24 minutes
Longest: 216 minutes

3. Chicago - O'Hare

Average: 25 minutes
Longest: 119 minutes

2. LaGuardia

Average: 35 minutes
Longest: 142 minutes

1. Los Angeles International

Average: 40 minutes
Longest: 141 minutes

Now, it won’t make the lines any shorter, but if you want to know the wait time before ordering up your Uber, grab MiFlight here. At least you’ll know how many movies you need to download onto your phone.

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Matt Meltzer is a travel writer for Thrillist who enjoys the occasional TSA pat down. Get his reviews and follow him at @mmeltrez.