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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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  • Dan N.
    Dan NApril 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Hold it in. The bathrooms at the rental car facility are far nicer and less crowded than the terminal bathrooms.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikMarch 19, 2013
    KANSAS CITY! While you're waiting for your flight attendant to tell you to put your mobile device away, read this infographic to explain why you have to: Read more
  • Justin Z.
    Justin ZMarch 17, 2013
    Stuck here on a layover.I feel like a caged animal. I can see restaurants but can't get there w/o going through security. I do travel a lot and I expect more than a Starbucks and Quiznos past security
  • Neal S.
    Neal SharmaMarch 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Park Air Express is "valet" service for only $7 a day. Great service and great price, sincerely. Got me to switch from The Parking Spot.
  • E P.
    E PNovember 10, 2013
    Must be a new development - there are food options after security checkpoint in terminal B (southwest) - Quiznos and Starbucks.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BurkeJanuary 3, 2013
    FYI you have to exit secure area for restaurants and bars. Plan accordingly!
  • Carrie S.
    Carrie ScottMay 11, 2015
    Sleep in a little longer for early flights - airline counters open at 4:15am and security at 4:30am
  • Josh W.heart icon on user image
    Josh WoodSeptember 2, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to drop people off, but not get stuck.
  • Don W.
    Don WettrickJune 26, 2013
    Very limited options if you want to eat on a layover. If you are on Southwest, save yourself the time and go to the Pork&pickle. You wont have to leave the TSA area. I really don't like this airport.
  • Ethan K.heart icon on user image
    Ethan KneppSeptember 25, 2015
    Get everything done before you get through security; including restroom visit, the facilities after security are very poor.
  • Tom B.
    Tom BokowyAugust 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Top of the crown bar inside the delta secuity is a cool place for a pre-flight drink
  • Sam
    SamApril 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice Cold War era architecture comrades.
  • Dana L.heart icon on user image
    Dana LentzJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    cell phone lot located in economy parking lot A (off Mexico city ave). free parking for 2 hours.
  • Neil R.
    Neil RiedelApril 18, 2012
    There is beer at NW end of gate area. Ask someone if you can't find it. Try the local brew. Not bad.
  • Michael S.
    Michael StephensonJune 12, 2013
    If you need a cab you have to pick up the pay phone at one of the exits. They'll assign you a driver and pick you up at that terminal.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LambAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Fly Southwest A-list. You'll walk from your car to your plane in under 10 minutes.
  • Genie G.
    Genie GJune 2, 2013
    Really easy to navigate, even TSA are friendly!
  • Ponti A.
    Ponti AngJuly 7, 2013
    Make sure to bring your own straw. They sell BBQ sauce by the bottle here so you can get your last minute fix.
  • Peter S.
    Peter ShankmanJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Such an easy airport! Quick in, quick out. Just wish @united had a club here.
  • Todd W.heart icon on user image
    Todd WadeMarch 21, 2017
    Been here 100+ times
    In C Terminal the food choices are all poor and beyond security it's even worse. If you're one of the folks who rave about the convenience, you obviously don't fly my airline.
  • Heath L.
    Heath L.July 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Here's a tip: if you board last, don't crowd the gate, it makes it difficult for everyone.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WallersteinFebruary 5, 2013
    There are 2 places to eat once you clear security. Take the elevator.
  • Brooks W.heart icon on user image
    Brooks WilliamsMarch 6, 2014
    Worst. Airport. Ever. Get ready to go through security again if you jaw to use the bathroom. I'll avoid layovers here in the future.
  • Stephanie N.
    Stephanie NewtonDecember 3, 2011
    I've been in a lot of airports, this set-up is the weirdest by far. Trust the tips.
  • Allan S.
    Allan SummersDecember 24, 2011
    Sit in the comfy chairs if you get a chance! Great for reading and relaxing before your next flight!
  • Lynnett H.
    Lynnett HarveyMarch 24, 2013
    Make sure you get snacks and souvenirs before going through security because there is not a store past the check point.
  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
    Waiting to pick someone up at KCI Airport? Utilize our cell phone lot! Economy Lot A is the designated cell phone waiting area. Drivers may park in this lot for up to two hours at no charge. Read more
  • David O.
    David OllingtonMay 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're flying Delta on an early morning flight, get there *extra* early. The line for baggage drop was more than an hour. A bunch of us didn't make our flight and had to reschedule.
  • Jon B.heart icon on user image
    Jon B.December 18, 2021
    Small but easy to get in and out of.
  • Tom V.
    Tom Van VoorstJanuary 1, 2019
    Avoid the Starbucks in the United Airlines terminal!! Morning rush and they have one person working! Idiocy!!
  • Dan W.
    Dan WeilFebruary 15, 2013
    Leave enough time to park, hop on the shuttle, and check in. It can be kind of crazy if you are running late...
  • Richard S.heart icon on user image
    Richard SusantoOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    No TSA Pre line. Make sure you take out all your liquid items and put them on the tray.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BezekNovember 20, 2011
    This airport used to be awesome, but the safety regulations changed that. Security is fast but there is little to do in the secure areas.
  • Kate
    KateNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beware of the major food desert once you pass through security! Stare longingly from your gate, but you'll have to ensure security again if you want anything from the "other side."
  • Jennifer E.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer EvansSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Super easy to get in and out of this airport.
  • Julie S.
    Julie SAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    There is food, drinks and even beer inside the gates...not a huge selection, but not as dramatic as the other tips lead you to believe.
  • David K.
    David KahlbaughApril 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    25 ounce bottle of water is $3.10. Price gouging in full effect! Also of you make even the slightest comment to security then you wok get the "full"screening.
  • Dink C.
    Dink CashMay 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you catching an early bird I advised getting here 2 hours early. To check your bag it takes 30 min
  • Jason S.heart icon on user image
    Jason SchubachJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Yes I know our airport sucks I work here. This airport was designed in the late 1960's and opened in 1972. BUT!!! I have good news! They approved a plan to build a new airport in the next 15 years if
  • Rick H.
    Rick HornsbyFebruary 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Park Air Express is only $7 for valet parking, one day free by booking online. Dropping car off is painless & their shuttle service is quick.
  • Zachariah S.
    Zachariah SchaapAugust 5, 2015
    Enjoy watching cows graze near the tarmac.
  • Sheila R.
    Sheila RitcheyMarch 18, 2013
    Tried to connect to Free WiFi and got a message to come back later....currently too many users on this network!
  • Leslie
    LeslieJune 26, 2013
    This airport is a little out dated compare to others. it looks small and there are not a lot of monitors!!!
  • Scott M.heart icon on user image
    Scott ManleyOctober 14, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Quick and easy airport security, especially if flying Delta.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FodenJune 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Park in circle by entrance to circle parking section 1 if you are waiting for someone to land.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff ShaferMarch 3, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Kansas City...this airport needs an upgrade. It is okay to have nice things.
  • Laurie R.
    Laurie RobertsSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    From the check in, to baggage check, a pleasant, efficient experience.
  • Hans N.
    Hans NelsonAugust 28, 2011
    BEWARE!! This place reminds me of Russia. Once you get in the gate area, through security, you're stuck!! No more eateries or Starbucks, just even more extremely over-priced kiosks!
  • Jason M.heart icon on user image
    Jason MartinAugust 29, 2014
    One of the worst airports for a 3-hour layover, especially when crowded!
  • Tasha T.
    Tasha TurnerAugust 10, 2014
    Where is Caribou, Starbucks, or Dunkin Donuts? No place to buy vittles once you check in at United terminal. Don't come hungry!
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