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From New York’s JFK to Amsterdam’s Schiphol, airports that offer the best odds for snagging a date—or staying terminally single.

Annie Balart was
flying home to New Orleans when a fellow traveler caught her eye at the
airport’s baggage claim area. “We did an equal amount of checking each other
out from across the carousel,” she admits. The guy, Wes Michaels, decided that
if their bags came out at the exact same time, he would work up the nerve to
talk to her. Despite the long odds, the suitcases spilled onto the belt next to
each other. An airport connection was born.

The airport may
seem an unlikely place to find romance. After all, busy passengers are usually
more concerned with making their flights than in striking up a conversation.
But once storms roll in and planes get grounded—suddenly, those coffee shops,
lounges, and bars lining the terminal start doubling as potential meeting
spots.

A chance
encounter can certainly make being in travel limbo more interesting, and
according to a study conducted by Sperling’s Best Places on behalf of the men’s
grooming company Axe, your likelihood of hitting it off with a fellow passenger
depends on what city—and more specifically, what airport—you’re in.

By examining
weather pattern data, delayed-flight statistics, and a range of amenities at 35
airports worldwide—across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the
Middle East—researchers found that six of the date-friendliest airports are
located right here in the U.S., while the remaining four are in Europe. Other
airports like Singapore and Sydney either got their passengers airborne faster
or lacked the kind of diversions Americans and Europeans have come to expect.

Some of the
flirtiest terminals, like San Francisco International, are ranked higher in
overall satisfaction by visitors and have more restaurants, bars, bookstores,
retail shops, and club lounges per traveler than their counterparts elsewhere
(SFO also boasts an aquarium and several museum exhibits). So whether you’re
facing a layover or a weather delay (and historical data indicate there’s a
real possibility that here, you will), there’s no shortage of venues to pass
the time and meet someone—and, hopefully, jet off with their contact info.

Conversely, at
the 10 international airports with the best weather, best on-time departure
record, and fewest outlets for itinerant flirting, the only thing you may have
time to pick up is your luggage. Charlotte Douglas International, for example,
failed to impress with its selection of social venues, so it’s probably a good
thing that rain or fog rarely keep you on the ground for long.

Of course, every
airport offers travelers some chance at finding love. Take Annie Balart and Wes
Michaels: two years after their luggage linkup, they cut their wedding cake. It
was designed in the shape of the New Orleans airport’s baggage-claim area.

Best and Worst Airports to Find a Date

From New York’s JFK to Amsterdam’s Schiphol, airports that offer the best odds for snagging a date—or staying terminally single.

Annie Balart was
flying home to New Orleans when a fellow traveler caught her eye at the
airport’s baggage claim area. “We did an equal amount of checking each other
out from across the carousel,” she admits. The guy, Wes Michaels, decided that
if their bags came out at the exact same time, he would work up the nerve to
talk to her. Despite the long odds, the suitcases spilled onto the belt next to
each other. An airport connection was born.

The airport may
seem an unlikely place to find romance. After all, busy passengers are usually
more concerned with making their flights than in striking up a conversation.
But once storms roll in and planes get grounded—suddenly, those coffee shops,
lounges, and bars lining the terminal start doubling as potential meeting
spots.

A chance
encounter can certainly make being in travel limbo more interesting, and
according to a study conducted by Sperling’s Best Places on behalf of the men’s
grooming company Axe, your likelihood of hitting it off with a fellow passenger
depends on what city—and more specifically, what airport—you’re in.

By examining
weather pattern data, delayed-flight statistics, and a range of amenities at 35
airports worldwide—across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the
Middle East—researchers found that six of the date-friendliest airports are
located right here in the U.S., while the remaining four are in Europe. Other
airports like Singapore and Sydney either got their passengers airborne faster
or lacked the kind of diversions Americans and Europeans have come to expect.

Some of the
flirtiest terminals, like San Francisco International, are ranked higher in
overall satisfaction by visitors and have more restaurants, bars, bookstores,
retail shops, and club lounges per traveler than their counterparts elsewhere
(SFO also boasts an aquarium and several museum exhibits). So whether you’re
facing a layover or a weather delay (and historical data indicate there’s a
real possibility that here, you will), there’s no shortage of venues to pass
the time and meet someone—and, hopefully, jet off with their contact info.

Conversely, at
the 10 international airports with the best weather, best on-time departure
record, and fewest outlets for itinerant flirting, the only thing you may have
time to pick up is your luggage. Charlotte Douglas International, for example,
failed to impress with its selection of social venues, so it’s probably a good
thing that rain or fog rarely keep you on the ground for long.

Of course, every
airport offers travelers some chance at finding love. Take Annie Balart and Wes
Michaels: two years after their luggage linkup, they cut their wedding cake. It
was designed in the shape of the New Orleans airport’s baggage-claim area.

Courtesy of Encounter Restaurant

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