Good Luck Trying to Connect at These U.S. Airports With the Worst Cell Service

Good Luck Trying to Connect at These U.S. Airports With the Worst Cell Service

First world problems, but still.

By Jet Set Staff

If you’re trying to work or connect with loved ones — or even if you’re just a run-of-the-mill, jet-setting device addict — you know how frustrating it can be when you’re trying to get that last email out in the airport before a long flight — and it’s just… not… sending. (Argh!) 

You may be especially familiar with this annoying feeling if you spend much time traveling in or out of the airports with the worst cellular connectivity in America: Los Angeles’ LAX, and the New York City area’s LaGuardia and JFK.

According to a recent study by Ookla cited by The Points Guy, LaGuardia came in at the absolute bottom of the list of the 20 busiest U.S. airports, with downloads averaging just 7.25 megabits per second. The company estimates that’s only a fraction of the speed of the average home Internet, which is about seven times faster. 

(By the way, LaGuardia and JFK also rank among the country’s worst airports overall, based on rankings like timeliness, accessibility, and amenities.)

Coming in second to last on the list was LAX, with average download speeds of about eight megabits, followed by JFK at about 10. 

When it comes to airport Wi-Fi, airports with the slowest Internet speeds include Atlanta, Orlando, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Boston, and Charlotte.

Now the good news for travelers who route through Detroit: That airport won the prize for fastest overall Internet connection on mobile.

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