Can we all just lay off the poor airlines for a second? Any time a flight is delayed, everyone's first reaction now is to jump on Twitter and say something incredibly intelligent like: "3-hour delay due to Category 1 hurricane. Way to go @spiritairlines!"
Because, you see, sometimes it's not the airline's fault. Sometimes it's weather, or an extra long line at TSA, or overburdened ramp agents. In fact, of the US Department of Transportation's five official categories for flight delays, only one of them is "airline carrier." The others? Well, the others have to do with the airports you're flying in and out of.
But which airports are always running late? In their never-ending mission to prove charter flights are better than commercial ones, the team at Stratos Jet Charters studied US Department of Transportation data from four million domestic flights to find out where -- and why -- all the delays are happening. The studies examined three of the five leading factors for flight delays: security, extreme weather, and late-arriving aircraft (the other two, 'National Aviation System' and the aforementioned 'airline carrier' were not included), and determined the ten worst airports for each type.