Airport Departure Delays: Survival Guide 101

We’ve all been there. Standing underneath the departures board with the flashing words ‘delayed’ or ‘cancelled’ making that holiday, which was once so close, an eternity away. In this situation survival is integral. So read our below tips, print them out, scrawl them onto paper – they could save you from hours worth of struggle and boredom.

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Prepare: Hand Luggage
Before travelling to the airport make sure that your hand luggage is adequately equipped. A delay or cancellation can occur suddenly, so it’s important that you have all the essentials with you. Especially if your delay becomes an overnight visit. This means packing plenty of toiletries, mobile chargers and money for food and drink.

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Plan: Timing
If you are really keen to avoid lengthy delays at the airport then a general rule of thumb is to make sure that you catch an early flight. You may be woken up disgustingly early by an alarm clock screaming at you in the early hours of the morning, but you will skip the knock-on effect of delays throughout the day.

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Protect: Insurance
The only thing worse than being held up in a lengthy delay is to the costs you can incur whilst you are waiting. Make sure you are adequately protected by your travel insurance policy for travel delay and trip abandonment.

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