The Top 12 Airports for Social Media Power Users

It always feels great when you can book cheap tickets for your next trip, but the whipped cream on top is finding out that you will be flying in and out of airports that are designed to accommodate people traveling with laptops, smart phones and tablets. Some of them even offer free Wi-Fi.

Which Airports Offer Wi-Fi?

Below are our picks of airports with great reputations for taking care of tech-savvy fliers. The table is based on information from Macworld's 20 Best Airports for Tech Travelers, as well as each airport's reputation on Twitter. Numbers for Twitter hits were obtained by searching by the airport name, city code and the ":)" symbol, indicating favorable Tweet mentions.






CityAirport CodeTwitter HitsOutlets per GateOther Amenities
AtlantaATL14.7 million


Charging stations, work desks
BaltimoreBWI7.92 million


Charging stations
DallasDFW2.7 million


Charging stations, work desks
DetroitDTW3.4 million


Charging stations, Boingo data ports
Fort Lauderdale*FLL120,000


Fast, free Wi-Fi
Los AngelesLAX153 million


Charging stations, internet kiosks
MinneapolisMSP2.11 millionVaries by terminalCharging stations, iPad kiosks coming 2012-13
New York CityJFK8.45 millionVaries; Terminals 2, 3, and 5 have the mostCharging stations, work desks, iPad kiosks
New York LaGuardiaLGA1.05 million


Charging stations, iPad kiosks
Salt Lake City*SLC8.97 million


Charging stations, work desks
San Francisco*SFO110 million


Charging Stations, lounge areas, work desks
SeattleSEA6.68 million


Charging Stations, fast Wi-Fi

* Airport has free Wi-Fi

The following airports, all among the 50 busiest airports in the U.S., receive Honorable Mentions for Providing Free Wi-Fi (alphabetically):

  • Boston (BOS)
  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Cincinnati (CVG)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Fort Myers (RSW)
  • Honolulu (HNL)
  • Indianapolis (IND)
  • Kansas City (MCI)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Oakland (OAK)
  • Orange County (SNA)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Palm Beach (PBI)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Portland (PDX)
  • Sacramento (SMF)
  • San Antonio (SAT)
  • San Diego (SAN)
  • San José (SJC)
  • Tampa (TPA)
  • Washington Dulles (IAD)
  • Washington Reagan (DCA)

When all these factors are taken into account, one airport stands out from the rest: San Francisco International. With a generous supply of electrical outlets, free Wi-Fi, and plenty of lounges and work spaces, SFO is a favorite of travelers who like their cheap flights with a generous side dish of tech-friendliness.

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