Flight secrets: Pilot shares crucial airport warning to avoid holiday heartbreak

Pilots spend a large chunk of their time waiting in or passing through airports prior to jetting off. Unsurprisingly, they know a thing or two about how to make the best of the experience.

Queues, for example, may be slower due to relevant spacing regulations.

“Leave extra time,” warns the holiday provider.

“Social distancing measures could mean that it takes longer to get through airport security checks and board the aircraft, so please leave plenty of time.”

Britons who show up at the airport without leaving adequate time could end up missing their flights, so it is wise to show up a little earlier than normal.

Additionally, the holiday firm recommends customers use online check-in and apps where possible to “keep contact as minimal as possible on your holiday.”

Joey Dalan, a frequent traveller shared his own experience on online forum Quora.

He wrote: ”I once had this happen to me, called while in the cab to the airport, and they rebooked me on the next flight, no problem.

“Other things they can offer you are to fly standby for upcoming flights to your destination or be rebooked (confirmed) for a flight FAR later in the day or in upcoming days.”

easyJet, for example, provided an additional booking extra for passengers that protect them in case they miss their departure.

The £7.50 add-on allows passengers to be rebooked onto the next flight without having to fork out for a whole new journey.

Ryanair, on the other hand, simply request passengers purchase a new ticket, or pay £100 as a “Missed Departure Fee” for the next flight if at the airport within an hour of their missed flight.


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