Modernizing America’s Airports

By: James Flippin · March 28, 2023 · Reading Time: 3 minutes

Much-Needed Makeover

Airport travel hasn’t been easy for the past few years. First, pandemic restrictions mandated masked and socially-distanced flights. Then, related staffing and systemic issues led to a spike in delays and cancellations. What’s more, for those located close to certain airports — like Newark’s, where 1 in 4 flights are delayed or canceled — airport travel has never been particularly easy.

The Biden administration has made US airports a priority, allocating billions in funding for upgrades. Airport infrastructure and aesthetics are set to be revamped across the country to improve traveler experience.

What’s New?

Most notably, New York’s LaGuardia Airport has renovated two terminals to include faster baggage screening, a new Delta (DAL) Sky Club, and a floor-to-ceiling fountain. The improvements are so good that the NYC airport — often ranked among America’s worst — was awarded “Best New Terminal” by Skytrax.

A few other airports have already received upgrades as well:

•   Kansas City International Airport opened a new terminal boasting an impressive art gallery.

•   Detroit Metropolitan Airport added a departure board that uses facial recognition to help you find your flight.

•   Orlando International Airport added USB ports to every seat, biometric boarding tech, and an automated bag storage system.

Even Newark Liberty International Airport made changes, adding a sizable indoor kid’s play area. While the upgrade may not have fixed its on-time flight record, it could now be considered a more comfortable place to be stuck.

On the Horizon

Airports are a staple of the modern world, helping travelers to get around the country — not to mention the globe — with ease. And, for travelers going someplace new, the airport serves as the first impression of the city or country they’re visiting.

While many improvements have been made, there is more work to be done. The current administration plans to continue modernizing America’s airports over the coming months.

You may well see more flashy upgrades on your travels, but some the biggest changes will be behind the scenes. New control towers and greener heating systems are being built to create comfortable and efficient trips for everyone passing through. All of this may just make your next travel day a little less stressful.

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