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Prepare to spend more than $500 when you fly out of these states
Delta Air Lines passenger retrieves his luggage after arriving at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Air travelers flying into the United States from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Yemen and other "countries of interest" are subject to enhanced screening techniques, such as full-body pat-downs, carry-on bag searches, full-body scanning and explosive detection technology. Additionally, ALL passengers on U.S.-bound international flights are supposed to be subject to random screening. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)

Air travel can be a headache, and it’s about to get worse — the busy summer season and a serious lack of TSA agents have some passengers spending hours in security lines at the nation’s airports. However, flying is still the most efficient way to get from city to city.

But while airfare is lower than ever this year, it’s insanely expensive in certain states. (It’s worth noting that none of these states has a major airport.)

Unsurprisingly, Alaska has the nation’s highest ticket prices; passengers pay an average of $672 when flying out of the Last Frontier. At $553, South Dakota is a distant second for high departure prices. Mississippi ($547), Wyoming ($541) and Alabama ($530) round out the top five.

On the flip side, Delaware has the nation’s lowest rates ($191). New Jersey is next, at $286, while Utah is third, at $295. The fourth and fifth places go to Maryland ($301) and, believe it or not, Hawaii ($313), respectively.

(Stratosjets.com / CheatSheet)
(Stratosjets.com / CheatSheet)

So what’s the catch? According to CheatSheet, those cheap fares in eastern states often come with delays. In Delaware, only about 66 percent of flights left on time in 2015. The rate wasn’t much higher — a mere 72 percent — in New Jersey.

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However, this hiccup doesn’t apply to Hawaii, which, at 89 percent, has the country’s highest on-time departure rate.

In case you were wondering, the nation’s busiest airports are:

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  2. O’Hare International Airport (Chicago)
  3. Los Angeles International Airport
  4. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  5. Denver International Airport
  6. John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City)
  7. San Francisco International Airport
  8. McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
  9. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  10. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)
  11. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
  12. Miami International Airport
  13. Orlando International Airport
  14. Newark Liberty International Airport
  15. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  16. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
  17. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
  18. Philadelphia International Airport
  19. Logan International Airport (Boston)
  20. LaGuardia Airport (New York City)
  21. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
  22. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  23. Washington Dulles International Airport
  24. Salt Lake City International Airport
  25. Midway International Airport (Chicago)

RELATED: The nation’s top airport has been named and there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it

(H/T: CheatSheet)

Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at Beth@Rare.us.
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