We write about how to stay sane when you’re stuck in the airport.
Traveling is stressful enough, but being stranded in the airport can be even more difficult. We want to help people know what to do and what to expect when they are stuck there.
Airlines are getting better at flight delays, but it still happens. The more you travel, the more likely it is that you’ll get stranded at the airport at some point in your life.
We help you understand how long you’ll be stuck, what kind of options and rights you have, and what types of things you can do so you don’t go crazy while waiting for your flight.
We help make your airport experience a little less painful!
The problem with a flight delay is that you’re stuck in the airport. If you’re flying domestically, then you may just have to wait it out. But if it’s an international flight, then the airline has some responsibilities.
First, if your layover is more than four hours, then you have the right to something called “hotel accommodation.” What this means is that the airline needs to find you a room for the night, as well as a shuttle service to get you from the airport to the hotel and back again.
If your delay lasts longer than eight hours, then they also need to provide you with meals and refreshments. You don’t have a choice in what restaurants or cafes they send you to; they just need to get food into your stomach before sending you back on your way.
But here’s where things can get tricky: The airline only has these responsibilities if it was their fault that the flight was delayed in the first place. So what happens if there was bad weather or mechanical problems? They don’t have to help you out in those situations.
There’s another important thing to keep in mind: The airline doesn’t have these responsibilities unless they’ve already informed passengers at least two hours before departure time (or four hours before departure
When I was a child, I used to be afraid of flying for the same reason as most people: the fear of crashing. Once I started flying regularly, however, I realized that crashes are relatively rare and there are more common and annoying problems with air travel: delays.
Sometimes, those delays mean you’re stuck in the airport for a couple of hours. Sometimes they mean you have to spend an entire day waiting, or even an entire night. Being stuck in an airport is unpleasant enough, but add to this another problem many travelers have: they don’t know what to do with their time and energy. In other words, they don’t know how to spend their time while waiting for their flight in the airport.
This article will give you a few tips on how to enjoy your time spent in the airport and how to make the most out of it so that your trip doesn’t become a stressful experience.
So, you’ve been at the airport all day long. First, your flight was delayed by a few hours. Then it got canceled. After that, you got re-booked on another flight — only to find out that one was also delayed or canceled as well.
What should you do?
When this happens to me, I usually just go and find a hotel near the airport and get some sleep. I wake up the next day, come back to the airport, and try again.
If you’re not willing to go through with this (or if you can’t afford it), there are some other options available to you:
Stay at the airport – If you don’t want to leave the airport, you have a few options here as well:
Sleep in an airline lounge – If your airline has a lounge at the airport (if you travel in first or business class), this is a good option for you. You’ll have food and drink available for free, but more importantly, comfortable chairs where you can actually fall asleep and get some rest. Just make sure your airline allows guests into their lounge (most do).
Sleep on a bench – If there’s no lounge available for your airline, try sleeping on one of those benches which are present
If you’re flying to a popular tourist spot, chances are you’ll find a few hotels right there at the airport. A few airports have hotels inside their terminals as well. We’ve compiled a list of them here: https://www.sleepinginairports.net/hotels.htm
If you aren’t planning to stay overnight, but need a place to rest and relax while you wait for your flight, the following airports have lounges that welcome travellers with open arms (and comfortable chairs).
– Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) – Plaza Premium Lounge (Terminal 3)
– San Diego International Airport (SAN) – The Club at SAN
– Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – Minute Suites
– Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – Minute Suites
For more information about airport lounges around the world, visit this page: https://www.sleepinginairports.net/lounges.htm
People are often afraid of flying, but the good news is that those fears are unfounded. In fact, the FAA says that your chance of dying in a plane crash is less than 1 in 11 million. And while some people think turbulence is dangerous, it’s not. The FAA defines turbulence as any sort of bumpiness you feel when you’re on an airplane.
Turbulence can be caused by air flowing over mountains and clouds, or even other airplanes flying nearby. Airplanes are built to withstand these bumps, and often the most serious injury sustained during an episode of turbulence is a bruised knee from hitting the seat in front of you.
The other thing not to worry about is a bird strike. While a bird strike can damage an aircraft, the FAA reports that only one person has ever been killed as a result of a bird strike – and that was when a bird flew into someone’s helicopter rotor blade.
So if you’re still worried about flying, here’s a stress-free tip: use Expedia to book your flight! We help make it easier to pick the right flight for you, so you’ll feel more confident and comfortable when it’s time to take off. Once at the airport, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied during
I was on my way to New York on the Saturday afternoon of Labor Day weekend. I was traveling with my sister and her three small children, so we all decided to get pedicures at the airport before we boarded our flight home. We were so relaxed as we walked down the jetway, almost as if we were on vacation instead of making our way back from it.
Then we started boarding and that’s when things got a little rocky. As it turns out, there was some issue with the plane’s brakes or something mechanical like that, so our pilot told us. We would have to wait on the plane for about an hour until a mechanic could come and fix it.
There was no air conditioning on the plane, but most people didn’t mind too much since they were able to use their personal electronic devices (we were still allowed to board while they fixed the plane). My sister and I soon realized that between all four of us, we had three phones, two tablets, and only one charger; one of our phones was also low on battery life. So after an hour of sitting in the heat playing games on my phone and tablet, my sister asked if we could get off the plane and charge our devices in a nearby