Not only is the experience in New York's outdated and ugly airports an assault on the senses for the more than 100 million people a year that use them, "They rank as the three worst in the country for delays-Newark, JFK, then LaGuardia. Average wait times are more than twice that of other U.S. airports, where people are stuck for 10 or 15 minutes....And it is not just New Yorkers suffering. There is a ripple effect: 60 percent of delays nationwide originate with problems at one of our three airports."
Better times may be ahead, however. All three airports are looking to replace aged terminals and momentum is (hopefully) building to impliment the NextGen air traffic control system.