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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 Oct 30
  • 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 2 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 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 Oct 15
  • 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.
    Upvoted 1 week 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • Nate S.
    Nate SAugust 13, 2019
    Been here 10+ 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brandon W.
    Brandon WestMarch 24, 2016
    All the charm of Soviet Eastern Europe, conveniently located right in the USA!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cody H.heart icon on user image
    Cody HickmanFebruary 26, 2017
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't judge the city by this dumpy airport. Get out of here as fast as possible and enjoy.
    Upvoted Sep 12
  • 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!
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon ShumanMarch 4, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Distinctly unique with the Fewest urinals serving thousands of travelers
  • Russo V.
    Russo ValenzuelaFebruary 12, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    Get food before you get here as all they have is a bar at 68 and a Starbucks. Easy airport to fly in and out of.
    Upvoted Sep 2
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Joey C.
    Joey CAugust 12, 2014
    Pork & Pickle...past Security by gate 40 _ B terminal Southwest. Take the elevator up to the 2nd floor.
  • 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.
  • Donovanheart icon on user image
    DonovanApril 30, 2016
    Really needs more amenities. Layover here would be hell.
  • 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.
  • bact'
    bact'May 5, 2016
    This airport makes me think of Berlin Tegel! Small and functional :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WattsMarch 21, 2017
    If you need a meal eat before you get through security. This place needs an update.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Jesse L.heart icon on user image
    Jesse LittleAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The consolidation of carriers at C terminal, require more time to clear TSA. No priority lanes They do offer expedited screening to travelers with TSA pre check shoes belts on laptop liquids out
    Upvoted Oct 20
  • Jon K.heart icon on user image
    Jon KaleugherJanuary 22, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Small terminals and compacted TSA lines. Other than that the airport is barely functional for the modern traveler. Don't expect to be able to eat after going through TSA.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 L.
    Jennifer LaiMay 20, 2013
    Get a healthy snack or sandwich/salad at Farmers Market - by Gate 38 - past security. Yes-INSIDE :-) And Starbucks is by Gate 41.
  • 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.
  • Kirsten
    KirstenOctober 14, 2014
    MCI has very comfortable chairs. Not saying much, I know, but sometimes you have to appreciate the little things when traveling.
  • 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.
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