We have all been there, one time or another, our international or domestic flights were scheduled to leave at 7 pm but you find yourself sitting at the airport terminal for an extra 4 hours or maybe more. Even worse, it is a holiday travel weekend and you are sitting arm to arm with strangers who are all as frustrated and tired as you are. There is nothing you can do to control the inclement weather conditions and other reasons flights get delayed. However, there are plenty of ways you can prepare yourself for the possibility of delays. Take a cue from the Boy Scout motto and “Always Be Prepared”.
How to kill flight boredom
Research on companies delay history
There is no research to speak of that says there is a difference between full price or discount flights when it comes to how frequently those flights are delayed. However, there may be a difference in the delays among airlines. If you are doing some serious comparison shopping for airline tickets then consider researching the company’s delay history. Other than that, looking for cheap airfares is free game, just pay attention to layovers and how many stops those cheap airline tickets come with.
Cheap air flights
Typically the cheap airline tickets have at least one layover at one of the major flight hubs across the country. If you don’t mind a short stop along the way, and possibly a few hours of time to kill, then you may be able to take advantage of the cheapest flight deals. Discount domestic flights are always in demand, so if you know you will be traveling you should book your ticket as far in advance as possible. Whether you elected to step off your flight because the airline overbooked, purchased discounted tickets or find yourself with unexpected time to kill in the airport terminal, there are a few things you can do to pass the time and hold on to your sanity.
Traveling with children
First of all, if you are traveling with children, make sure they have a sippy cup available. Pack the cup in your purse, but leave it empty. You will not be able to pass through security with liquids, but once you’ve gotten through the strenuous bag check and body scan, you can find a water fountain or buy a soft drink to fill your child’s cup. Also, let them choose a book or favorite toy or two to keep with them. If you still have an arm or bag to carry something else, pack a small travel pillow for them so they can be comfy. If you child is old enough to enjoy video games, a portable game device such as a DS can be just the thing to keep your child happy for a few hours, just make sure you’ve packed the charger.
For the traveling business person, what better way to spend your time stuck in a terminal than finishing up your presentation or getting that report done for your boss? It should go without saying that this is the perfect place to settle down and get some work done. But be prepared by making sure your laptop is fully charged before you get there. You may not find a seat near an outlet. By having a full battery, you can find the most scenic or quiet place to sit (if there is such a thing in a crowded airport).
Deck of cards
Traveling with a deck of cards or small game in your pocket I always a great way to share some time with your friends, or make a new friend at the terminal while you both wait. There are lots of ways to pass the time. The key is to think ahead and be prepared.