Sod’s law, isn’t it? You wait ages to go on holiday, you turn up on time, you check in, and bam! You realize there’s a delay and you have to wait even longer.
Unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about it, it’s often for your own safety, so instead it’s a case of waiting it out and basically distracting yourself from the time ticking by slowly.
This situation is made even worse if you’ve had to endure a hideously long coach journey to the airport, or a stressful train journey. I don’t go down that route anymore, purely for the stress of it, the cost, and the fact that there’s enough waiting to be done at the airport as it is, without adding onto it.
So, what do I do? Well I drive myself, and I book my parking space through Airparks. This does actually save money when you look at the rising cost of public transport, and it’s just a million times less stressful. You’ll find this service at most large UK airports, including regionally. I’ve used Leeds Bradford Airport parking in the past and received a high level of service, and fantastic price. It’s really just a case of seeing what’s available at your terminal.(image by Mark Winterbourne)
Cutting out excessive travel time and extra waiting will go some way to meaning you’re less stressed when you find out you’re delayed, and hopefully you will only experience a small delay, if at all. If you are presented with a long wait because of a technical problem, it’s important to stay calm and not take out your frustration on the airport staff! They are only relaying a message, and like we mentioned before, delays due to technical problems, are for your safety at the end of the day.
So we’ve covered this one. Deep breaths. You are going on holiday, just a little later than originally planned.
Don’t get aggressive
It’s not going to get you anywhere, other than maybe nowhere near your plane because security have removed you from the building.
Try and find out as much information as you can
Don’t listen to hear say from the couple next to you, who’ve heard something from someone else. Politely and calmly ask a member of staff what the current situation is.
Look for updates
Keep looking at the screens for any updated information. Sometimes the situation can change quickly in a short space of time, so you need to be ready to head to your departure gate in this case.
Don’t keep looking at your watch! Read a book, go shopping, have a meal, go for one or two drinks (but no more!) Being constantly aware of time will just make it go slower.
Snacks and refreshments
If you are delayed for a considerable amount of time, you may be eligible for meal vouchers, but this will be at the discretion of your airline and does depend on the length of delay. Ask if you’re unsure, but if you’re offered freebies, take them!(Image by A. Wee)
Delays are unfortunately a fact of life where travel is concerned. Hopefully this summer you won’t be faced with one, but if you are, just remember your final destination and keep focused on your forthcoming jollies.
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