How did SFO escape the worst connecting airports list?

This is going to come as a bit of a surprise to frequent flyers who loathe connecting through San Francisco International for any number of reasons, but SFO did not make the Travel Trends Survey’s Worst Airports for Connecting Flights list.
Whether its fog or other weather related issues, construction, et al, the complaints are ever-present.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson was the best, according to travelers responding to the survey between Nov. 19 and Dec. 16. Chicago’s O’Hare was deemed the worst.

Best U.S. Airports for Connecting Flights:
Travel Leaders Group owners, managers and agents were asked, “If your clients are flying and need to connect through a hub airport, which hub do they prefer?” Respondents were allowed to choose up to three airports. The following list displays the Top 10 domestic airports.
1 Atlanta 40.5%
2 Charlotte 25.2%
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 24.3%
4 Houston Intercontinental 18.2%
5 Detroit 17.5%
6 Minneapolis/St. Paul 16.7%
7 Chicago O’Hare 14.1%
8 Phoenix 10.1%
9 Denver 8.0%
10 (tie) New York (JFK) 7.9%
10 (tie) Salt Lake City 7.9%

Worst U.S. Airports for Connecting Flights:
When asked, “If your clients are flying and need to connect through a hub airport, which hub do they try to avoid?” the top responses were as follows. (Again, those polled were able to choose up to three different airports.)
1 Chicago O’Hare 56.3%
2 New York (JFK) 39.4%
3 Atlanta 33.0%
4 New York (LGA) 13.7%
5 Newark 12.2%
6 Miami 11.5%
7 Denver 10.3%
8 Philadelphia 10.0%
9 Dallas/Ft. Worth 9.4%
10 Los Angeles 9.1%

Analytics firm CoreLogic reports Medford-area foreclosures declined in November.
Foreclosure rates in Medford decreased for the month of November over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic.
Among outstanding mortgage loans, November’s 3.7 percent in foreclosure showed a decrease of 0.37 percent compared to November 2011 when the rate was 4.07 percent.
CoreLogic said Medford’s foreclosure pace was higher than the national foreclosure rate of 2.97 percent.
Delinquency also improved with 6.77 percent of mortgage loans 90 days or more behind compared to 7.71 percent a year earlier.

Oil creates wealth, or at least higher wages. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on the oil boom in North Dakota.

Consumers aren’t wild about what’s going on as smaller paychecks and diminished job prospects resulted in a lower U.S. consumer confidence reading. The January reading was lowest since November 2011..
The Conference Board, a private research group, said its index of consumer confidence fell further to 58.6 in January from a revised 66.7 in December, first reported as 65.1. The January decline was the third consecutive fall and brought confidence to its lowest reading since November 2011.

The Energy Department reports researchers have made significant advances in coal technology.

Twinkie lovers take heart, the Wall Street Journal has good news for you.

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