Soggy pizza, surly security staff and endless queues: American airports offer a shabby welcome to the greatest nation on earth.

If The Economist says so.

And, yes, CDG is indeed bad.

The Economist delved into data on over 1m flights in 2013. For the most popular routes leaving America (see map), jets almost always land at an airport which is more highly-rated than the one from which they took off.