Airports can be very stressful: waiting in line to check-in your luggage, taking off your shoes to go through TSA’s checkpoint, watching people rush in every direction trying to get to their boarding gates on time, last-minute shopping on airport stores, and the worst of all… having to deal with flight delays and cancellations.
Given the sheer number of daily flights worldwide (to get you an idea, just in the United States, the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization provides services to more than 40,000 flights every day – involving a total of approximately 2.7 million passengers.
That’s a lot of flights that can go bad), it is perfectly natural for problems to occur. It’s no surprise that flight delays are so common. If you’re a frequent traveler, you probably already had to deal with this problem – unless you’re the luckiest traveler in the world.
But despite how often these problems happen, most people don’t know what to do when they look up to the flight information panel and notice a “delayed” warning in front of their flight’s number and gate.
It is important to know your air travel rights and some airline policies (especially if you often travel with the same airline company) to make this whole process a lot easier.
According to the FAA, a flight is considered to be delayed when it is more than 15 minutes later than its scheduled time. With such a short time frame, any minor unforeseen event can cause a flight delay. Here’s what you should know.