The Future of Travel: These Are America’s Most Advanced & Modern Airports

updated May 3, 2019
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Anybody who says they enjoy flying just hasn’t flown enough. There aren’t enough audiobooks and podcasts in the world to make waiting at a crowded gate for a delayed flight with a 10-percent battery feel like a good time.

But what does go a long way in making a miserable airport experience a, well… less miserable airport experience are modern amenities— everything from free wifi to creepily accurate wait time trackers.

And if you ever get the chance to decide which airports you’re spending time in—not all layovers are created equal, after all—AT&T Internet Service (an authorized AT&T retailer) has your answer. They’ve combed through the amenities and technologies available at America’s airports and put together a list of the top 10 most high-tech airports.

It’s worth checking out the whole list (and honorable mentions) on the site, but here’s a rundown of which airports and services round out the top five. This is how you want to fly.

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1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Top features: Free wifi, quick fingerprint-check security, and “Minute Suites” that allow passengers to nap or work from a station that has a bed.

2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Top features: Free wifi, beaucoup outlets and USB chargers in the gates and the airport’s seven mobile travel lounges, and a parking facility equipped with sensors and lights above each parking space to easily assess free spaces

3. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Top features: Free wifi, fingerprint and iris-scanning security pods, customer service robots that help you navigate terminals, and QR codes in the cell phone lots for your pickup to access real-time info about incoming flights.

4. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)

Top features: Free wifi, recharging zones and navigation powered by Google Maps, “hologram” employees to direct passengers to tram transportation, and a self-boarding podium that allows passengers to scan their boarding pass and enter a secured door without the help of attendants.

5. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Top features: Free wifi for 90 minutes, automated passport and global entry kiosks, and a streamlined check-in process for international passengers.

Check out the rest of the top 10 at