10 Travel-savvy Airport Tips

Just a little know-how will help you navigate the mayhem of the airport with greater ease. ©iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Just about 6 million people fly every day, making lines longer and taking up the seat next to you on your flight. Despite all that air travel, we don't all love to fly. In fact, as many as 40 percent of Americans are anxious about it, but we can all make the experience a little easier on ourselves with a little planning ahead and a few expert tips [source: Baskas].

Smart travelers, for example, try to avoid passing through the most notoriously stressful airports whenever possible; in the U.S. those are Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles International and John F. Kennedy International [source: Concur]. Stressful airports are those with the longest lines and the poorest customer service -- and you won't be impressed with the food or the cleanliness of the bathrooms, either. And did you know some airports are better than others if you're trying to make a connection? The best in the U.S., for instance, are Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas/Forth Worth, Houston, Detroit, and Minneapolis/St. Paul [source: Creager].

Now that you know about the best airports, let's talk about the best way to navigate airport travel from booking to boarding, beginning with the best day of the week to fly.