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Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

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    Jeff S.
    "At least the American Airlines portion for a layover."(32 Tips)
    Tripster
    "Terminal B Southwest now has Starbucks INSIDE security."(20 Tips)
    Victoria J.
    "Easiest airport ever & safe; love it!"(14 Tips)
    Diana Lambdin M.
    "Free wifi is the best!"(28 Tips)
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  • Mark T.heart icon on user image
    Mark TewartDecember 23, 2016
    Easy airport. Easy to get in and out. Plane lands right by your luggage carousel and the exit is right there. It's a great airport
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Brooke D.heart icon on user image
    Brooke DerbyJuly 14, 2013
    One of the easiest airports around! However the food selection is not that great and you can hardly buy anything once you are in the gates!
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • JL Johnson @.heart icon on user image
    JL Johnson @User47July 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Welcome to the great state of MISSOURI. Looking for Kansas? It's a few miles west of here. Fun fact: The then territory of Kansas got its name from Kansas City, Missouri.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Ian B.
    Ian BernsteinFebruary 2, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Holds the record for the most narrow international airport in the US
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Jason S.
    Jason SkidmoreSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Unlike most airports which feel almost like cities, once you go through security at KCI it feels more like an abandoned shopping mall
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniNovember 11, 2015
    MCI would be miserable for a layover or to get stuck in. There're no restaurants or shopping really. Layout good for locals though.
  • Dane O.
    Dane OldridgeSeptember 29, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are flying Southwest and need sustenance, hit the Pork & Pickle BBQ joint upstairs near gate 41 after security. Tasty pulled pork sliders, decent beer menu and by far the best food at KCI.
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CookNovember 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get in, get out that's the theme here. Wouldn't recommend long layovers, since there's minimal food options. Free wifi and boulevard 80 acre or pale ale if you're stuck at the bar :)
  • Derek G.heart icon on user image
    Derek GaskinsMarch 26, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    A true throwback airport to a different era. Not a lot of food options once you clear TSA so eat before. Rental bus 🚌 shuttles are always overcrowded too.
  • Brad K.
    Brad KornJuly 18, 2017
    When checking in at gate, if there are two rows...stay in the lane that is not next to the preferred check in line. That line moves slower because they are checking in two lines.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TurnerOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try out the new Pork & Pickles. You'll forget you're in an airport, but thankfully there is a monitor to give you updates on your flight. Enjoy some BBQ & beer.
  • Bill K.
    Bill KempfJune 11, 2013
    Pork sliders are worth the surly service at Pork and Pickle. Don't be deceived by the name or dozens of jars of pickles... They only have bread and butters. Still delicious. Just hoping for more.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TioAugust 2, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Flights out are often delayed... silver lining is that there are Starbucks on each end, gate 32 and 40 in terminal b. Check out pork and pickle as well
  • Tim W.
    Tim WilsonSeptember 26, 2019
    The design of this place w/ security batches by groups of gates makes me want to research its history. I would hate to be regularly passing through these “stuck in crowded gate groups” experiences.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SAugust 13, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Shockingly bad airport for a city this size. Such a shame to see. Security is at each gate, so no need to get here more than 45 mins early if you’re not checking a bag/checked in online.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WangJune 19, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Dump your water bottle just before going thru security so the TSA doesn't confiscated it, (empty is fine) then refill it at the fountains in the gate area. Traveling with a water bottle is a must!
  • Jim E.
    Jim EvansJune 21, 2014
    Not true about not having any places to eat after security.. There's plenty to eat so come on through, then grab something to eat and sit back an relax until your flight boards!
  • Karen P.heart icon on user image
    Karen PetersNovember 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wifi and friendly employees. Excellent when arriving; get off the plane, walk through the door and you're on the sidewalk. Not good when departing; 2 toilets beyond security and little else.
  • Brandon W.
    Brandon WestMarch 24, 2016
    All the charm of Soviet Eastern Europe, conveniently located right in the USA!
  • Heather G.
    Heather GjerdeJuly 10, 2013
    Great battery charging seating areas near most gates. Plus they serve this delicious local brew. Perfect for a quick and easy layover.
  • Ed C.heart icon on user image
    Ed CarhartJuly 13, 2017
    Been here 50+ times
    Use to be fun because of short distance to gates, now there's very few places to get food or relax waiting for flight. If you can find something eating it on your lap is generally the only option.
  • Sebastian S.heart icon on user image
    Sebastian SanchezApril 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Economy parking is good, you get a shuttle bus every 15 minutes, unless you are flying during graveyard 11pm - 4am you have to call them to pick you up at one of the booths.
  • Donovanheart icon on user image
    DonovanApril 30, 2016
    Really needs more amenities. Layover here would be hell.
  • bact'
    bact'May 5, 2016
    This airport makes me think of Berlin Tegel! Small and functional :)
  • Joey C.
    Joey CAugust 12, 2014
    Pork & Pickle...past Security by gate 40 _ B terminal Southwest. Take the elevator up to the 2nd floor.
  • Rachel H.heart icon on user image
    Rachel Hack MerloFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    When absolutely desperate and running late, try the curb side valet service. Expensive but less costly than missing a flight.
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HoAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Incredibly hectic airport. If you just need to print your boarding pass from southwest go to the machine at the very end of the hall, there won't be a crazy long line
  • Christianheart icon on user image
    ChristianNovember 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Once through security, washroom facilities are limited (line-ups are common), so plan ahead.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BorthsApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you need to wait, go to the upstairs Starbucks Terminal B. Plentiful comfy seating; better than Starbucks on main level.
  • Ray H.
    Ray HartjenFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    In Terminal B, Southwest, there's a nice upstairs seating area, and a Starbucks, - a nice place to chill.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle B.August 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    KCI now has a Starbucks AND a BBQ restaurant INSIDE security at Southwest!! Great news! Don't have to down your latte in three seconds before early flights!!
  • Monica B.heart icon on user image
    Monica BardsleyApril 13, 2013
    If you get a late flight in and a early morning flight out be prepared. You have to claim your luggage and recheck itThere are no TVs while you wait!, no vending machine to get a drink or snack.
  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleySeptember 3, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    I love Kansas City, but this airport is horrendous. It looks like a concrete cave, only a vendor cart for food after TSA, and absolutely nowhere to charge a phone or laptop.
  • Marty F.
    Marty FahnckeSeptember 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Secirity line for Delta is never more than 5 minutes, and as soon as you are through security, you are at you gate! Love it! Great time saver. Will be sad when the new "modern" airport is built.
  • Brad E.
    Brad E.June 10, 2013
    Gate areas are severely congested, and security lines can be somewhat of a headache. Get through it all and enjoy a Boulevard beer.
  • Maxine L.heart icon on user image
    Maxine LevineApril 17, 2016
    Small-ish. If you need to get from one terminal to another take the shuttle bus. Security is fast and there isn't much to do or eat at the gates so hang out before security for as long as you can.
  • Leah H.
    Leah HerronDecember 16, 2018
    Been here 50+ times
    Try Roasterie Coffee! It’s a local coffee, tastes better and costs less (than the big brand)!
  • Gregg C.
    Gregg CochranMay 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Just arrived? No cabs will be waiting. Find the bat phone to order up a car to take you into the land of BBQ.
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BoweJune 4, 2014
    Purchase a beer or cocktail next to California Pizza Kitchen at gate 45...you can bring it right to your gate. Best. Flight. Ever.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ChildsJanuary 5, 2012
    It is lacking in amenities when you get past security. So what? Get a sandwich before you go to gate. Fastest curb-to-security-to-gate of any airport I've been through. It rocks!
  • Sheila B.
    Sheila BailyJuly 28, 2011
    Free Wi-Fi (as it should be). It's nice to have something to keep myself occupied while waiting for others flights to get in. Strange that you have to go back through security if you're laying over.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysJanuary 28, 2013
    From Broadway shows to live concerts, Starlight theater is a must visit premier entertainment landmark in the city of Kansas.
  • Kayla M.
    Kayla McCarterSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Frontier charges $25 for carry-ons; you'll have to go back thru security. Plane will leave if you don't make it back thru. They also size all personal items & carry-ons. Bag too long? Another $25.
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon ShumanMarch 4, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Distinctly unique with the Fewest urinals serving thousands of travelers
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HuberNovember 12, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Small and easy to navigate this airport. Rental cars are in a separate building, but shuttles are prompt and efficient
  • José A.heart icon on user image
    José AyalaSeptember 18, 2018
    Once you enter the boarding gates corridor in terminal C, there is not any screen informing of the flights and boarding gates. And nobody seems to know them!
  • Benedict C.heart icon on user image
    Benedict CorpuzFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    MCI is one of the few airport in the nation to not use TSA agents and uses private security. Following TSA guidelines, say hello to FirstLine Aviation Security
  • Paul D.
    Paul DunnAugust 14, 2013
    This airport is small, which makes it easy to get in and out of, but it is also cramped. Even the bathrooms are small, but KCI is moderately clean. Expect to pay $50 for a cab to/from KC, MO.
  • chris h.
    chris hameleJune 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the new faux Farmers Market near Gate 50. Fresh fruit, veggies and organic array of delights!
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceJuly 30, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Some people say this isn't the right kind of airport. Those people usually travel too much. But the light rail into downtown would be pretty great!
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