Anyone who’s a frequent flier knows you can’t count on taking off on time. Be it a mechanical issue, weather system or some mysterious other reason, flight delays happen, sometimes by many hours. When you hear that muffled announcement or see the status update on the departure board, fuming with rage will get you nowhere. Airports are rarely pleasant places to get stuck in, particularly with their inflated prices, oppressive security regimes and huge crowds, but you might as well make the best of it. Here are a few ideas to help you overcome those inescapable hours of concourse tedium. Consider it a gift of found time and make the best of it.
1. Work Your Phone
First, a few practical suggestions to help you get where you’re going. When you first clue in that your flight is delayed, or worse, cancelled, get in line with the rest of your frustrated flightmates, but also call the airline directly. Their telephone customer service reps are in a better position to find you alternative travel arrangements than the harried agent at the gate desk. Check out apps like TripIt or WorldMate to have flight information on other carriers at your fingertips and to help you rebook.