For those of you that are stuck in one of the coldest winters ever, I feel for you. From it being close to zero degrees in temperature and it being almost impossible to go outside without freezing, it has been a tough last couple of weeks. One area where this cold weather has really affected people is at the airports. With the weather being so bad, a lot of flights have been cancelled as there is no way for the planes to leave. For the planes that actually tried to land during this weather, we have seen some that have skidded off of the runaway. If you ever have to travel during a time where there is really bad weather and are looking for tips on what to do, here are some things that we recommend:
When traveling during bad weather, one of the worst things that you might have to deal with is being stuck at the airport for hours waiting to catch your flight. My parents just recently got back from a trip and they told me their horror story of how they were stuck at the airport for 8 hours. Personally I don’t know how they did it as I most likely would of gone nuts just sitting there waiting. One way that you can potentially avoid this is by calling to check on the status of your flight before you leave for the airport. This is an easy way to see if there are any potential delays with your flight and will give you a better estimate on when you should head down to the airport. There are also mobile apps and alerts that you can signup for that will keep you updated on the status of your flight.
Another tip that can help you deal with bad weather when you are trying to travel and are at the airport already is to make sure that you pack smartly. Some of the essentials that you should consider packing in your carry on to make sure you have it at all times is any medication you might need, your cellphone and charge, your tablet or laptop and charger, snacks as well as any other things that you might need if you have to sit around for a long period of time. When there is bad weather, there is always the chance of a delay so you want to make sure that you are prepared for having to sit around for a while. If there is anything that you will really need, I recommend packing it in your carry on.
If your flight has been cancelled and you are stuck at the airport and don’t want to spend the night there, you need to start looking for some accommodations. The easiest way this can be done is to call the travel agency you booked your trip with to see if there is anyway they can help you find some last minute accommodations. Another thing that you can try to do is ask the airlines your flight was with for help. When doing this though, try to be as nice as possible to the agents as they will want to help you more if you aren’t yelling at them.
No one enjoys sitting through flight delays and cancellations due to bad weather but doing these things can help you get through it.