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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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  • 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
  • Johnny L.heart icon on user image
    Johnny LoarAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this airport for easy in and out.....but PLEASE update for plugins!!
  • 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.
  • Sam
    SamApril 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice Cold War era architecture comrades.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Michelle
    MichelleJuly 21, 2012
    The good? Free Wi-Fi! The bad? All the restaurants and concession stands are outside of the secure area so you have to go out and come back in if you're hungry. Terrible layout for layover passengers.
  • Genie G.
    Genie GJune 2, 2013
    Really easy to navigate, even TSA are friendly!
  • 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.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BurkeJanuary 3, 2013
    FYI you have to exit secure area for restaurants and bars. Plan accordingly!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Elliot H.
    Elliot H.May 20, 2013
    The blue bus drivers are grumpy so make sure to be extra nice to then.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dink C.
    Dink CashMay 24, 2013
    If you catching an early bird I advised getting here 2 hours early. To check your bag it takes 30 min
  • 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
  • Jon B.heart icon on user image
    Jon B.December 18, 2021
    Small but easy to get in and out of.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Don M.
    Don McGrealJanuary 2, 2015
    Not a great airport for connecting. You have to leave security between most gates. Make sure you check the few gates around you for your next flight before being shuttled out of security.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Laurie R.
    Laurie RobertsSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    From the check in, to baggage check, a pleasant, efficient experience.
  • Andrej K.heart icon on user image
    Andrej KostresevicJune 28, 2013
    If you are dropping off a rental car, plan to arrive an extra 15m early to account for the shuttle transit time.
  • 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.
  • Lauren P.heart icon on user image
    Lauren PattersonDecember 28, 2016
    Worst airport in history. Once your through security you can't get out & there's only 1 Starbucks to get anything. Majority of the time security doesn't take too long but its tight & messy.
  • 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.
  • Vladimir A.
    Vladimir AbramovApril 19, 2013
    Southwest gates and security are redic every morning. Come early
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CulpMarch 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The American Airlines section of the terminal by the gates is about the size of a shoebox. No power-stations, few/no chairs...typical American Airlines customer care. Ugh.
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