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DIRECTORS PAGE TZ1 B ZAC FRIENDSHIP-VOTOPS
HEADLINES ROBIN W. SETUP TO MENTAL HEALTH-OC, EANIBOX, FLYVO
HL 1) CHECK WASHING-VOTOPS MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS-OC, VO-WIPE
HL 2) MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEETING-VOTOPS MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS-SOTVO-BNR
HL 3) SERVICE DOG TRAINING-VOTOPS ZAC'S FRIENDSHIP HOUSE-SS VO WIPE
SHOW OPEN-CLIP NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
MED MARIJUANA MEETING-VO-WIPE TEASE TWO
MED MARIJUANA MEETING-SOTVO TZ2 A RENTING TEXTBOOK-VOTOPS
DEVELOPING STORY-CLIP TZ2 B OFFICER SAVES WOMAN-VOTOPS
CAR USED IN SHOOTING-TC MON VO DAVID WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
CAR USED IN SHOOTING-SS (2) WEATHER-PWC
CAR USED IN SHOOTING-SOTVO WEATHER-WXWALL
DOG THROWN FROM CAR-SS (2) RENTING TEXTBOOKS-OC VO
TAMMY HALL RELEASED-SS-VO-OC SWFL MOBILE AIRPORTS-OTS, VO WIPE CG
SIESTA KEY PLANE CRASH-trxVOTOPS, SS CAT COLLAR CAN STEAL WIFI-VOWIPE
HURRICANE CHARLEY ANNIVERSARY-2SHT VO-WIPE CAT COLLAR CAN STEAL WIFI-SOTVO
HURRICANE CHARLEY ANNIVERSARY-SOTVO UK CAR CRASH-OC, EANIBOX, FLY
CHECK WASHING-BNC, VO WIPE OFFICER SAVES CHOKING WOMAN-trxVOTOPS
CHECK WASHING-SOTVO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE-OTS, VO WIPE TEASE THREE-OC
BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE-SOTVO TZ3 A SPORTS TEASE-VO-DISS
PENSION REFORM-VOWIPE TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
PENSION REFORM-SOTVO 11PM TZ1) DIET APP DANGER-VOTOPS-WIPE
SERVICE DOG TRAINING-VO-WIPE 11PM TZ2) FL COURTHOUSE SCARE-VOTOPS
SERVICE DOG TRAINING-SOTVO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP SPORTS-PKG
TEASE ONE GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT
TZ1 A MENTAL HEALTH-VOTOPS  


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HEADLINES


WASHING YOUR CHECKS --

THEN WRITING THEM TO THEMSELVES.

THE MOVE CRIMINALS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARE DOING TO DRAIN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR MONEY.

PLUS-

NAPLES DEBATES MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

THE OPTIONS THEY'RE CONSIDERING --

INCLUDING A CITY-WIDE BAN ON DISPENSARIES.

AND -

MANS BEST FRIEND IS HELPING ADDICTS AND DISABLED VETERANS, TOO.

THE NEW PROGRAM IN COLLIER COUNTY GIVING BACK TO GET BACK.

YOUR NEWS AT 7 ON SEVEN STARTS NOW. Return to index of stories...


HL 1) CHECK WASHING-VOTOPS


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HL 2) MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEETING-VOTOPS


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HL 3) SERVICE DOG TRAINING-VOTOPS


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MED MARIJUANA MEETING-VO-WIPE


OUR BIG STORY AT SEVEN --

THE CITY OF NAPLES WILL TALK TOMORROW ABOUT ONE OF THEIR MOST CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS EVER.

HOW TO REGULATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

THE PLANNING BOARD IS PLANNING AHEAD --

IN CASE, FLORIDA VOTERS BACK MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NOVEMBER.

HERE ARE THE OPTIONS.

THE PLANNING BOARD COULD RECOMMEND BANNING THE SALE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA WITHIN CITY LIMITS --

OR THERE ARE TWO ZONES WHERE THEY COULD LIMIT DISPENSARIES TO.

ONE OF THOSE IS THE AREA AROUND NAPLES COMMUNITY HOSPITAL DOWNTOWN. Return to index of stories...


MED MARIJUANA MEETING-SOTVO


Eleanor Diaz, salon owner

22:51:11-:16

I am for medical marijuana. It's helped people with illnesses and it's proven.

BUTT TO

22:53:11-:13

When you can say it helps people, why not?

THE PLANNING BOARD'S VOTE IS ONLY A RECOMMENDATION TO CITY COUNCIL.

THEIR MEETING TOMORROW STARTS AT 8-30 TOMORROW MORNING. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING STORY-CLIP


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CAR USED IN SHOOTING-TC MON VO


ITS BEEN NEARLY A DAY -

SINCE THIS CIRCLE K GAS STATION WAS ROBBED BY TWO MEN-

WHO LEFT A NEWSPAPER MAN SHOT IN THE STREET.

BUT TONIGHT -

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CAR USED IN SHOOTING-SS (2)


FORT MYERS POLICE SAY THE ROBBERS --

STOLE THE CAR THEY USED IN THE ROBBERY.

A WOMAN WHO WORKS AT WALGREENS ON COLONIAL --

SAY THREE MEN WITH GUNS CONFRONTED HER.

AND STOLE HER CAR AND OTHER BELONGINGS.

THE CAR -- A NISSAN -- WAS LATER ABANDONED AFTER THE ROBBERY.

THAT ROBBERY HAPPENED MONDAY MORNING AT THE CIRCLE K ON WINKLER.

CROOKS STOLE MONEY FROM THE CASH REGISTER --

THEN CHASED DOWN THE DELIVERY MAN WHO SAW THEM.

CUSTOMER'S AT THE STORE SAY THIS IS A SCARY TREND. Return to index of stories...


CAR USED IN SHOOTING-SOTVO


SOT daniel emerick, walgreens customer:12

3956 it's not like 30 years ago, people like this, carjacking, robbing people, are more brazen, they do it more often now, seems like people are more desperate.

INVESTIGATORS SAY LESS THAN 24-HOURS-LATER -- THESE SUSPECTS USED THAT VEHICLE IN AN ARMED ROBBERY AT A CIRCLE K IN FORT MYERS.

A WITNESS TO THAT ROBBERY WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES.

POLICE LATER FOUND THE ABANDONED VEHICLE -- BUT THE SEARCH IS STILL ON FOR THE SUSPECTS. Return to index of stories...


DOG THROWN FROM CAR-SS (2)


A DOG IS RECOVERING TONIGHT --

AFTER BEING THROWN FROM A CAR IN CAPE CORAL.

LEE COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES IS LOOKING FOR THE PERSON WHO THREW THAT DOG FROM THAT CAR A WEEK AGO MONDAY.

THE 10-MONTH-OLD, WHITE, FEMALE TERRIER MIX WAS TREATED FOR AN INJURY TO HER LEG.

SHE'S NOW IN FOSTER CARE.

A WITNESS SAYS THE CAR WAS A LATE-MODEL, DARK BLUE B-W-M JUST LIKE THIS ONE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CASE --

CALL ANIMAL SERVICES. Return to index of stories...


TAMMY HALL RELEASED-SS-VO-OC


FORMER LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONER TAMMY HALL IS OUT OF PRISON --

SHE HAS BEEN IN THE COLEMAN MEDIUM FEDERAL PRISON FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS.

SHE USED MORE THAN 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS FOR PERSONAL EXPENSES.

WE FOUND OUT -- SHE WILL LIVE WITH FRIENDS NEAR THE CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER.

WHERE SHE WILL BE UNDER HOUSE ARREST FOR 90 DAYS.

HALL HAS 72 HOURS TO REPORT TO HER PROBATION OFFICER.

WHERE SHE MUST ALSO COMPLETE 250 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE. Return to index of stories...


SIESTA KEY PLANE CRASH-trxVOTOPS, SS


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!

A PLANE CRASH-LANDED ON SIESTA KEY TODAY.

THE BI-PLANE LANDED UPSIDE DOWN IN THE SURF.

BOTH THE PILOT AND THE PASSENGER GOT OUT WITH JUST MINOR INJURIES.

AND ABC 7 HAS LEARNED THE PASSENGER ON THE PLANE IS FROM CAPE CORAL.

THE PILOT IS FROM BRADENTON.

THE PILOT REPORTED ENGINE PROBLEMS JUST BEFORE THE PLANE WENT DOWN ABOUT

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HURRICANE CHARLEY ANNIVERSARY-2SHT VO-WIPE


ANYBODY WHO WAS HERE --

WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS.

TOMORROW MARKS TEN YEARS SINCE HURRICANE CHARLEY HIT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S SHORES.

IT INFLICTED MAJOR DAMAGE TO CHARLOTTE AND DESOTO COUNTIES.

PEOPLE WHO LIVED THROUGH IT SAY THEY WON'T FORGET THE DAYS THEY ENDURED WITHOUT POWER.

FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT REPRESENTATIVES WERE IN PUNTA GORDA TODAY.

WHERE THEY WERE SHOWING HOW TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE CHARLEY ANNIVERSARY-SOTVO


"During that time of need when there was, this one had power but this one had a swimming pool and all that, those resources came together. And again my message is that of community."

AFTER CHARLEY --

WORK CREWS HAD TO CLEAR MORE THAN 2 THOUSAND MILES OF ROAD.

POWER WAS RESTORED TO F-P-L CUSTOMERS WITHIN 18 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


CHECK WASHING-BNC, VO WIPE


AN IMPORTANT ALERT FOR YOU --

COLLIER DEPUTIES WANT TO WAR YOU ABOUT CHECK WASHING!

THEY JUST ARRESTED RICHARD WALSH.

THEY SAY HE TRIED TO CASH A NEARLY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR CHECK AT A NAPLES BANK.

BUT IT WAS A FRAUD.

A CHECK FROM A MAILBOX AND RE-WRITTEN.

DEPUTIES SAY THEY'RE SEEING MORE CASES LIKE THIS --

WHERE CROOKS GRAB A CHECK FROM YOUR MAILBOX, WASH IT WITH CHEMICALS, THEN RE-WRITE A DIFFERENT AMOUNT. Return to index of stories...


CHECK WASHING-SOTVO


Lt. Chad Parker, Collier County Sheriff's Office

23:00:23-:28

I know the offer is tempting to make a quick buck especially if you're on hard times, but just say no.

DEPUTIES THINK THE CROOKS ARE ASKING HOMELESS PEOPLE TO CASH THE CHECKS FOR THEM.

AS FOR YOU --

DEPUTIES OFFER THESE TWO WORDS OF ADVICE.

TRY NOT LEAVE CHECKS IN YOUR MAILBOX.

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BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE-OTS, VO WIPE


A PROBLEM ABRUPTLY DEVELOPED IN LEE COUNTY.

NEARLY 70 SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR THEIR REFRESHER DRIVING COURSE THIS YEAR.

NOW THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS SCRAMBLING TO GET DRIVERS TO COVER ALL OF ITS ROUTES.

THE DISTRICT IS LOOKING FOR DOZENS OF PART-TIME SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS.

WITH MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED NEW STUDENTS EXPECTED IN LEE COUNTY THIS YEAR, THE DISTRICT HAD TO ADD MORE BUSES AND MORE ROUTES.

THAT'S CREATING A BIG NEED. Return to index of stories...


BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE-SOTVO


15:00 Right now we have about 700 drivers and the additional 50 we have will be filled by the substitute list.

THE JOB PAYS 13 DOLLARS AN HOUR.

THE DISTRICT ALSO TRAINS DRIVERS WITHOUT EXPERIENCE.

ANYONE WITH A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD CAN APPLY ONLINE. Return to index of stories...


PENSION REFORM-VOWIPE


FLORIDA BUSINESS GROUPS ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO REFORM LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION PLANS.

THE COALITION --

CALLED "TAXPAYERS FOR SUSTAINABLE PENSIONS" SAYS LOCAL PLANS ARE UNDERFUNDED BY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

TAX WATCHDOG GROUPS SAY -- EVENTUALLY -- CITIES WILL HAVE TO MAKE SOME TOUGH CUTS --

JUST TO PAY FOR EMPLOYEE RETIREMENTS. Return to index of stories...


PENSION REFORM-SOTVO


"Those are police services and fire services, so we're going to end up with unsafe communities. These are parks and rec services, economic development: all of the things that make our state a great place to live."

UNLIKE THE LARGER -- STATEWIDE RETIREMENT SYSTEM --

THE LOCAL PLANS COVER CITY POLICE -- FIREFIGHTERS --

AND OTHER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

THE COALITION SAYS IF PLANS AREN'T FIXED SOON --

SOME RETIREES MAY NOT HAVE THE MONEY THEY WERE PROMISED WHEN RETIREMENT ROLLS AROUND. Return to index of stories...


SERVICE DOG TRAINING-VO-WIPE


DOGS CAN BE A LOT OF WORK.

BUT MEN AT A NAPLES HOMELESS SHELTER SAY --

WORKING WITH DOGS --

HAS SAVED THEIR LIVES.

ITS ALL PART OF A PROGRAM AT SAINT MATTHEW'S HOUSE THAT WORKS TO TRAIN SERVICE DOGS.

ONCE THEY'RE TRAINED -- THEY GET PAIRED UP WITH DISABLED VETERANS.

THE MEN ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE THE DOGS ARE READY TO BE ADOPTED.

THEY SAY THE DOGS ARE REALLY HELPING THEM. Return to index of stories...


SERVICE DOG TRAINING-SOTVO


Often times the disease of addiction and alcoholism is a really self centered, self centered thing and um, to be able to have to think about somebody else or care for somebody else it kind of gets you out of what you might be going through at the time.

THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SAYS A WELL TRAINED SERVICE DOG COULD COST AS MUCH AS 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

BECAUSE OF THE VOLUNTEERS --

VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ABLE TO GET A DOG FOR FREE. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE ONE


THE DEATH OF ROBIN WILLIAMS HAS SPARKED A NATIONAL CONVERSATION TONIGHT.

WHAT MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS SAY YOU CAN LEARN FROM THIS TRAGEDY.

PLUS --

A YEAR AGO TODAY, WE MET A LABELLE BOY BATTLING A BRAIN-EATING AMOBEA.

NEARLY 365 DAYS AFTER HIS DEATH --

SEE HOW HIS MEMORY LIVES ON IN HIS HOMETOWN.

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ROBIN W. SETUP TO MENTAL HEALTH-OC, EANIBOX, FLYVO


ABC 7 CONTINUES TO COVER THE DEATH --

OF BELOVED ACTOR ROBIN WILLIAMS TONIGHT.

TODAY AUTHORITIES RELEASED DETAILS ABOUT HIS DEATH.

SAYING WILLIAMS HUNG HIMSELF WITH A BELT.

WILLIAMS WAS BATTLING DEPRESSION AND JUST GETTING OUT OF REHAB --

FOR DRUG USE.

HE WAS 63 YEARS OLD.

WILLIAM'S PASSING HAS SPARKED A NATIONWIDE DISCUSSION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. Return to index of stories...


MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS-OC, VO-WIPE


WE WENT IN-DEPTH ON WHAT'S BEING DONE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

DOCTORS FIRST SAY THE FIGHT IS UNDERFUNDED.

BUT --

THERE ARE HOTLINES AND CLINICS YOU CAN VISIT IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP.

EXPERTS SAY -- WHILE SOME MEDICATION AND THERAPIES WORK --

IF YOU THINK SOMEONE IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER --

CALL 911.

BUT FIRST -- YOU NEED TO KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS. Return to index of stories...


MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS-SOTVO-BNR


the family member might start isolating, not communicating. giving up interest in avtivities. not socializing with people. staying in bed. finding it hard to get up and get the day going.

THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO DRUGS AND ALSO SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION ARE 30 PERCENT MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

BUT WITH TREATMENT-- BETWEEN 70 AND 90 PERCENT CAN IMPROVE THEIR LIFE.

FOR A FULL LIST OF SUICIDE HOTLINES AND TREATMENT CENTERS.

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ZAC'S FRIENDSHIP HOUSE-SS VO WIPE


A YEAR AGO TODAY WE MET ZAC REYNA --

THE LA BELLE BOY WHO PAST AWAY FROM A BRAIN EATING AMEOBA.

DURING HIS FIGHT --

HE CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE NATION AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

HE'S STILL AFFECTING HIS COMMUNITY TODAY.

ABC7 WENT TO ZAC'S FRIENDSHIP HOUSE -- A CHARITY CREATED AFTER ZAC DIED.

ITS A PLACE WHERE KIDS CAN GO TO AFTER SCHOOL TO GET TUTORED, MENTORED, AND PLAY.

ZAC'S PARENTS' MOTTO IS: "WE TRY TO GIVE KIDS WHAT WE GAVE ZAC, A LOVING PLACE."

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ENROLLING YOUR CHILD --

WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE TWO


SOME COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE PAYING 12-HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR TEXTBOOKS.

ABC7 UNCOVERED WAYS TO SAVE ON THAT TEXTBOOK BILL.

AND IT WAS A FRIGHTNING MOMENT FOR ONE POLICE OFFICER -

THAT STOPPED TO HELP ONE WOMAN.

BUT ITS WHAT WAS HAPPENING INSIDE -

THAT YOU DONT WANT TO MISS. Return to index of stories...


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WEATHER-WXWALL


FORECAST: ONSHORE WIND IMPACTS WEDNESDAY'S RAIN POTENTIAL

Drier air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere has helped to keep our rain opportunities very low the past several days, and that trend continues this evening.

Through tonight we will continue to only have to include a widely isolated shower chance, and mainly for communities along and east of the Interstate 75 corridor.

Lows tonight should range from the mid and upper 70s along the immediate coatline to low and mid 70s across the interior of the state.

On Wednesday we will experience an onshore wind from the south and southwest. When that type of wind pattern establishes itself in our region, we open the door for some rain and isolated thunder in the morning and early afternoon hours.

With this in mind, don't be surprised if you encounter a passing shower or downpour on your drive to work tomorrow morning or even into the Wednesday lunch hour, but mainly for areas west of I-75.

By the afternoon however, our rain chances again become isolated along the coast and more numerous for areas in interior Collier, Glades and Hendry Counties.

Highs on Wednesday should range from the upper 80s along the beaches to near 92 at Fort Myers, 90 at Naples and 93 at Port Charlotte.

On Thursday, we will continue with an onshore wind flow meaning the risk for some showers in the morning exists. The afternoon should see a more moisture-rich environment and that could help to spark more showers and storms than the region has seen in the past week during the afternoon.

TROPICAL UPDATE

No tropical cyclones are active in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. None are expected to develop in the next 24 to 48 hours. Return to index of stories...


RENTING TEXTBOOKS-OC VO


STICKER SHOCK FOR SOME STUDENTS HEADED TO COLLEGE THIS YEAR.

THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR TEXTBOOKS IS UP TO 12-HUNDRED DOLLARS.

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO CUT THOSE COSTS.

FIRST-

BUY USED WHEN YOU CAN.

BUT NEW BOOKS ARE PRINTED EVERY FOUR YEARS AND USING AN OLDER EDITION MAY NOT BE AN OPTION.

SECOND-

RENT YOUR BOOKS.

SEARCH ONLINE-

COMPANIES LIKE AMAZON AND BARNES AND NOBLE OFFER TEXTBOOK RENTAL.

SOME SITES CLAIM THEY CAN SAVE YOU UP TO 90 PERCENT ON YOUR BOOKS. Return to index of stories...


SWFL MOBILE AIRPORTS-OTS, VO WIPE CG


NEW AT 7 --

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HAS REASON TO BRAG.

ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT -

R-S-W RANKS NUMBER ONE IN TERMS OF MOBILE PERFORMANCE AT AIRPORTS AROUND THE COUNTRY.

WE HAVE THE BEST WI-FI.

OTHER TOP SCORERS --

CHICAGOS O-HARE INTERNATIONAL.

ORANGE COUNTY'S - JOHN WAYNE -

AND THE AIRPORT IN MEMPHIS.

50-AIRPORTS WERE TESTED.

THEY WERE EVALUTATED ON CARRIER, PERFORMANCE RANKING - AND THEIR MEDIAN DOWNLOAD SPEEDS.

For many of us, a mobile phone is just as necessary as our luggage or passport when we're traveling. Not only do we rely on our phones to check in for flights and keep abreast of any delays or changes, we use them to let all our friends on social media know that we are jetting off. Not to mention that we can get work done on our phones and use them as a weapon against boredom during the inevitable, seemingly endless waiting.

A variety of factors can impact your mobile experience at airports, from dense building materials to network infrastructure types to your location within the airport itself. Take a look at our handy infographic to learn about some of the mobile performance challenges you might encounter at airports.

We know how important airport mobile service is for you, and that's why we test the data performance of major mobile carriers at the 50 busiest airports in the U.S.-from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which sees nearly 47 million passengers per year, to Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, OH, with just over 3 million passengers annually.

You can check out which airports scored highest overall, which ones scored highest for your carrier, and how results have changed over the past year.

High-flying airports

To offer an overall picture of mobile performance at airports, we've ranked 50 U.S. airports by data performance. Here are the top five in our list:

Southwest Florida International Airport

O'Hare International Airport

John Wayne Airport - Orange County

Memphis International Airport

General Mitchell International Airport

Check out the chart at the end of this report to see performance results for all 50 airports at a glance. Users may generally get better performance at the airports that are ranked higher, although that may vary by individual carrier.

The rankings are based on an average of all carriers' performance at a particular airport, weighted by the estimated national percentage of subscribers on a given network. This means that if one carrier has a higher share of subscribers than another, that carrier's scores are weighted more heavily to ensure that the total score is representative of the current mobile landscape.

First-class mobile service

Curious about which airports might offer the best data performance specifically for you? Check out the top 5 airports scoring highest in data performance by carrier.

Top 5 airport data RootScores by carrier

AT&T's top 5 airport RootScores RootScore

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 98.5

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport 98.3

Indianapolis International Airport 97.9

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport 97.9

Sacramento International Airport 97.6

Sprint's top 5 airport RootScores RootScore

O'Hare International Airport 98.8

Southwest Florida International Airport 97.5

John Wayne Airport - Orange County 97.4

Port Columbus International Airport 93.1

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport 92.5

T-Mobile's top 5 airport RootScores RootScore

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport 99.2

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport 99.0

Metropolitan Oakland International Airport 99.0

Sacramento International Airport 98.8

George Bush Intercontinental Airport 98.4

Verizon's top 5 airport RootScores

RootScore

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport 99.9

Southwest Florida International Airport 99.7

Midway International Airport 99.7

O'Hare International Airport 99.7

Indianapolis International Airport 99.4

See our methodology for more details on how RootScores are calculated.

Taking off over time

To give you a sense of how mobile network data performance at airports has changed, we've compared the latest results to those from the second half of 2013. Keep in mind that if more than one network won a RootScore Award at an airport, both got credit for the victory. In other words, while we tested at 50 airports, a handful of first-place ties means that we handed out more than 50 Airport RootScore Awards.

In our testing for the first half of 2014, Verizon pulled ahead of the other carriers with the No. 1 ranking at 30 airports, compared with only 19 wins in our RootScore Report for the second half of 2013.

T-Mobile also made impressive gains for 2014, winning the top ranking at 20 airports, compared with only 9 wins last time.

Meanwhile, AT&T won the No. 1 ranking at 36 airports last time, but only had 11 wins in our latest testing, falling to third among the networks.

Fast-flying data speeds

Waiting around at the airport can be frustrating enough; you don't want to be waiting on your phone because of slow data speeds as well. In our testing, Verizon led the pack in airport data speeds with a blazing 77.8 Mbps at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Meanwhile, AT&T's fastest median download speed was 37.4 Mbps, recorded at Dallas Love Field. Sprint's top recorded speed was 30.4 Mbps at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, while T-Mobile's fastest speed was 27.3 Mbps at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson.

Destination: More informed mobile decisions

Airport RootScore Reports are part of a broader, complementary series of reports and tools that we offer to help you make more informed mobile decisions. Our professional testers have recently finished testing the top 125 metropolitan markets in the U.S. once again, and you can find these Metro reports on our RootScore Reports page.

And watch for our mid-year review, featuring a comprehensive evaluation of network performance at the national level, coming soon.

Airport data performance results at a glance

Check out the chart below for a breakdown of all 50 airports we tested, including performance ranking, RootScore Award winners for each airport, and their median download speeds. Also included is download success rate, which is the percentage of successful lite data downloads recorded-an indication of network reliability. For more detail, check out the individual RootScore Reports for each airport.

Rank Airport RootScore

Award winner Median

download speed * Download

success rate *

1 Fort Myers, FL

Southwest Florida International Airport Verizon 38.5 Mbps 99.9%

2 Chicago, IL

Chicago O'hare International Airport Verizon 55.6 Mbps 100%

3 Los Angeles, CA

John Wayne Airport Verizon

T-Mobile 19.1 Mbps

14.0 Mbps 100%

99.9%

4 Memphis, TN

Memphis International Airport T-Mobile

AT&T 16.7 Mbps

10.8 Mbps 99.7%

100%

5 Milwaukee, WI

General Mitchell International Airport Verizon 23.1 Mbps 100%

6 Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis International Airport Verizon 24.5 Mbps 100%

7 Washington, DC

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport T-Mobile 23 Mbps 97.1%

8 Las Vegas, NV

McCarran International Airport Verizon 21.5 Mbps 99.7%

9 Columbus, OH

Port Columbus International Airport Verizon 25.7 Mbps 100%

10 Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh International Airport AT&T

Verizon 12.4 Mbps

14.7 Mbps 99.8%

99.0%

11 Atlanta, GA

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport AT&T

Verizon 33.9 Mbps

77.8 Mbps 99.6%

98.9%

12 Chicago, IL

Chicago Midway International Airport Verizon 71.3 Mbps 100%

13 Baltimore, MD

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Verizon 48.2 Mbps 100%

14 Raleigh, NC

Raleigh-Durham International Airport Verizon 20.2 Mbps 100%

15 Miami, FL

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Verizon 15.5 Mbps 99.8%

16 Sacramento, CA

Sacramento International Airport T-Mobile 23.5 Mbps 100%

17 Seattle, WA

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport T-Mobile

Verizon 15.0 Mbps

11.1 Mbps 98.9%

99.7%

18 Washington, DC

Washington Dulles International Airport Verizon 17.5 Mbps 99.4%

19 Kansas City, MO

Kansas City International Airport T-Mobile

Verizon 13.5 Mbps

10.2 Mbps 99.9%

99.9%

20 New York City And Tri-State Area

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CAT COLLAR CAN STEAL WIFI-VOWIPE


SPEAKING OF WIFI -

HACKERS ARE SEARCHING FOR YOUR NETWORKS THAT YOUR CRUSING THE WEB ON --

WAITING TO STEAL YOUR INFORMATION.

AND LISTEN TO THIS -

ITS NOT ALWAYS HUMANS LOOKING FOR THE INFO.

IT COULD BE A CAT IN THE BUSHES!

THIS FURRY FELINE HAS BEEN OUTFITTED WITH A COLLAR TO SHOW HOW HACKERS CAN STEAL DATA FROM YOUR COMPUTER.

AS THE CAT WALKS AROUND THE CHIP IN ITS COLLAR COLLECTS INFORMATION FROM OPEN WIFI SOURCES.

BAD GUYS THEN DOWNLOAD THAT INFORMATION FROM THE CHIP -- TO THEIR COMPUTERS -- AND ARE THEN ABLE TO USE YOUR WIFI ACCESS POINT. Return to index of stories...


CAT COLLAR CAN STEAL WIFI-SOTVO


Gene: "If I'm a bad guy I'm going to look here and see which open wifi access points are available to me. And if I'm going to some type of hacking or some sort of malicious activity. I won't do it from my house because they can track me to there."

EXPERTS SAY THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO TO AVOID THIS TYPE OF HACKING --

MAKE SURE YOUR WIFI ACCESS POINT IS SECURE -- AND NOT OPEN. Return to index of stories...


UK CAR CRASH-OC, EANIBOX, FLY


CAUGHT ON CAMERA!

TONIGHT ABC 7 HAS SOME INCREDIBLE VIDEO TO SHARE WITH YOU.

THIS FIRST ONE IS IN THE U-K

YOU CAN SEE HERE FROM THIS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO.

TWO PEDESTRIANS WALKING THE STREET.

WHEN FROM OUT OF NOWHERE-

A CAR COMES PLOWING THROUGH A FENCE AND INTO A POLE.

THE 21-YEAR OLD DRIVER IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL TONIGHT WITH SEVERE HEAD INJURIES.

WIPE Return to index of stories...


OFFICER SAVES CHOKING WOMAN-trxVOTOPS


AND TAKE A LOOK AT THIS -

THIS IS DASH CAM VIDEO FROM A POLICE OFFICER IN MINNESOTA.

YOU CAN SEE HE IS FOLLOWING A CAR -

WHEN THE CAR MAKES A STOP ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

TURNS OUT -

THE WOMAN WAS CHOCKING!

THE OFFICER GRABBED THE WOMAN AND STARTED TO HELP.

THANKFULLY-

THE WOMAN WAS SAVED AND GAVE THE OFFICER A BIG THANK YOU. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-OC


UP NEXT IN SPORTS --

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR SPRING TRAINING TO SEE BASEBALL AT JETBLUE PARK.

THE MIRACLE ARE HEADED TO FENWAY SOUTH.

ABC7 SPORTS ANCHOR BRAD SHELLGREN EXPLAINS WHY FROM JETBLUE. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A SPORTS TEASE-VO-DISS


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TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ1) DIET APP DANGER-VOTOPS-WIPE


ALL NEW TONIGHT AT 11.

A TEEN'S DIET -- TAKES A DEADLY TURN.

AT 11 --

WHAT HER MOTHER DIDN'T KNOW -

THAT ALMOST COST THE GIRL HER LIFE. Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) FL COURTHOUSE SCARE-VOTOPS


A FLORIDA COURTHOUSE GETS EVACUATED!

AT 11 --

THE SUPRISE DELIVERY --

THAT BROUGHT HAZMAT TO THE SCENE. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


SPORTS OPEN Return to index of stories...


SPORTS-PKG


WELCOME TO JETBLUE PARK EVERYONE -- SPRING TRAING HOME OF THE BOSTON RED SOX---- FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS THE FORT MYERS MIRACLE ARE TAKING OVER THE JOINT-- AS HAMMOND STADIUM UNDERGOES RENOVATIONS. MIRACLE BREAKING IN THEIR NEW DIGS WITH A DOUBLE HEADER TODAY---

MIRACLE GENERAL MANAGER ANDREW SEYMOUR NICE ENOUGH TO GIVE US SOME TIME---

IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO LEAVE HAMMOND STADIUM FOR A LITTLE WHILE-- THIS IS A NICE ALTERNATIVE----

--- WAS IT HARD TO SECURE JETBLUE PARK---

---YOU MENTIONED THE INTEREST IN TICKETS HAS BEEN UP---

--- WHAT HAVE THE PLAYERS AND COACHES SAID ABOUT PLAYING IN NEW STADIUM---

--- GIVE US AN UPDATE--- ON HAMMOND STADIUM--- WHAT'S NEW TO LOOK FORWARD TOO-- ON SCHEDULE-- Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


ADLIB POINTS Return to index of stories...