Although the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that the number of domestic flights arriving on time is higher than it's been in decades, every globe-trotter experiences a delay now and then while commuting from point A to B. And if you frequently fly through major hubs, where airline punctuality lags behind the rest of the country, chances are you've been stalled on more than one occasion
To help keep your travel plans on track, U.S. News Travel has compiled a list of the country's worst stopover points. Our methodology factors in two key components: timeliness and passenger opinion as expressed on SkyTrax, a website devoted to air travel reviews. We've also added some helpful tips to make your layover more bearable.
11. Baltimore/ Washington International Airport (BWI)
Baltimore/Washington International Airport has made great strides in 2012, increasing its on-time departure performance by approximately 10 percent compared to the first six months of 2011. Furthermore, BWI performs better than other D.C.-based airports, like Dulles, which appears further down our list. Still, BWI falls short compared to many other airports throughout the nation, with over 15 percent of its flights delayed.
The layover lowdown:
You won't have access to cutting-edge retailers and restaurants here, but both the upper and lower terminals feature numerous cafés and newsstands. Additionally, recent travelers speculate that terminals have been less crowded due to the weakened economy.