As soon as that plane lands, everyone has their smartphones out dialing their ride and letting their family and friends know they are safe! It always brings to mind Bob and Tom’s character Kenny Tarmac calling in to the radio show to announce: “Just landed at A-T-L!” Many passengers also pop open an iPad or Kindle to watch a movie or play a game while waiting for their next flight.
But, some airports just don’t stack up when it comes to good mobile coverage. A new report from RootMetric of the top 50 U.S. airports lists how these airports rank when it comes to mobile performance, taking a look at network speed and data reliability rates.
Here are the highlights:
- Southwest Florida International (where we just flew into and out of for Spring Break to Naples/Marco Island) ranks No. 1 in best coverage!
- My least favorite U.S. airport, Atlanta Hartsfield International, also ranks very high — coming in at No. 3.
- LAX, the nation’s busiest airport, was third from the bottom at No. 48.
- According to the report, it would take someone three minutes to download an episode of their favorite show at ATL, while it would take over 30 minutes at LAX – leading to more stress.
Top 5 U.S. Airports for Best Mobile Coverage:
- Southwest Florida International (3,788,870 annual passengers)
- Sacramento International (4,255,145 annual passengers)
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (45,308,407 annual passengers)
- Dallas Love Field (4,023,779 annual passengers)
- Logan International (14,810,153 annual passengers)
Worst 5 U.S. Airports (out of the top 50) for Mobile Coverage:
50. Philadelphia International (annual passengers 14,727,945)
49. San Diego International (8,878,772 annual passengers)
48. Los Angeles International (32, 425,892 annual passengers)
47. Nashville International (5,050,989 annual passengers)
46. Austin-Bergstrom International (4,900,959 annual passengers)
View the full report. Do you consistently have problems with mobile performance at specific airports?
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