by Shawn L Fitzpatrick
Getting caught in an insane flight delay probably isn’t how you imagined starting (or ending!) your big vacation. Sure, you can always find a few ways to make the most of a delay or layover if you do find yourself with a few hours to kill. But to avoid that wasted time altogether, seasoned jet-setters use one basic trick.
Travelers can track their plane’s status via tools like FlightAware.com or you could download the GateGuru app. Using navigation data from military and government agencies as well as radar signals from around the world, FlightAware can determine the current position of your inbound flight. Simply enter your flight information and click ‘Where is my plane now?’ and the site will show you if your plane has arrived at its gate – —or if you will be waiting around for a flight that is behind schedule.
While the timing of your aircraft’s arrival might not be exact (especially if the plane is flying on a polar route or above an ocean), the website can still gauge whether or not your flight will depart at its original time.
That’s not the only thing you can do to minimize your airport wait time, though. If you are serious about reaching your destination on schedule, book a ticket with one of the least delayed airlines — and make sure it is during the best time of day to fly, too.
“Do not go where the path leads, travel instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” @wbbrjp