What Are the Best US Airports for Dating?
For some people, picking someone up at the airport has a different meaning.
On the North Miami-based MeetAtTheAirport.com, travelers can find other people who want to grab a drink or coffee during a long wait or layover at an airport.
The website has made airport dating a little easier by ranking the best airports for "hooking up."
"The bottom line is: why should travelers sit at a bar and eat overly priced junk food when they could be spending time with a beautiful stranger? I know which one I prefer," says Steve Pasternack, CEO and founder of MeetAtTheAirport.com.
In the battle between West Coast vs. East Coast airports, the East was victorious. East Coast airports ranked highest among the website's members because they tend to have the worst weather, the longest delays and the best amenities. That means single travelers have more time to mingle. (Read more: Worst Airports for Connections)
Bigger airports also were the most popular for all the reasons most other travelers would dislike them: They have lousy on-time departure records. But they make up for that by having more restaurants and bars. And when travelers have a lot of time to drink and meet, anything can happen.
MeetAtTheAirport.com surveyed its 60,000 members to come up with the top five airports for hooking up. The organizers of the survey also took into consideration other factors such as airport size, restaurant and bar options, weather, Yelp reviews, unusual amenities, and rare demographic groups. With 25 percent responding, this is what they came up with:
Orlando International Airport. This airport got the top spot because it has 54 restaurants, bars and other social amenities. The on-time departure rate has hovered around 81 percent to 83 percent the last two years. And 550 Yelp reviewers gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. But what really put it over the top is that it's got an on-site Hyatt Regency Hotel within the main terminal that bills itself as "much more than just a place to stay before a flight." The hotel offers a convenient day room rate for travelers just passing through. (Read more: Long Layover? Many Airport Hotels Offer Day-Room Rates)
Miami International Airport. Its 600-plus Yelp reviews only gave it 2 out of 5 stars. But the airport has more than 88 social amenities, restaurants and bars. And on-time departure rates are around 76 percent to 77 percent. The organizers of the survey point out that it draws an interesting international crowd as the largest gateway between the USA and Latin America.
Newark International Airport. Survey respondents said they had some of the longest delays at this airport. Not surprising given how congested New York City airspace is. Newark's proximity to New York was another reason it landed in the top 5. Its location attracts a variety of travelers from Wall Street honchos to supermodels to international men and women of mystery. At the very least, it makes for good people-watching.
Logan International Airport. Boston's airport does not have that many amenities. What it does have a lot of is bad weather — snow, blizzards, etc. And lots of passengers. When you get stuck at Logan, you're really stuck. But you're never alone.
Philadelphia International Airport. The City of Brotherly Love apparently also has an airport of Brotherly Love. There are 16 bars, seven lounges, 57 restaurants, and one magic shop, according to survey organizers. Based on the survey, 65 percent of respondents said Philadelphia had their favorite airport to meet people because of delayed flights, its large size, its proximity to the tri-state region, and its friendly locals.