10 Helpful Tips to Do During Cancelled or Delayed Flights

Flight cancellations and/or delays are two of the most horrible situations that a traveller could encounter. The excitement might somehow fade or prolonged, and it’s disgusting. That’s why as a traveller, you have to expect the worst scenarios that may happen and plan for it in advance.

If you’re on set to travel soon you better stay right on this page and finish reading. Or you could be one of those passengers who’s stuck somewhere due to delayed or cancelled flights – know that this article is for you. So, what are you waiting for? Settle down and give this article some time.

1. Keep yourself busy

Getting stuck in the airport or somewhere could either irritate you or make you feel bored. If you get caught by a cancelled or delayed flight, find something to keep yourself busy and working.
You can play games on your phone, or watch a movie. You could also be busy arranging more plans for your current travel or upcoming travels.

2. Take a walk or a nap

These two options are very practical and beneficial in some other ways. Once you’re stuck in the airport due to delayed or cancelled flight, you can give yourself some time to nap or have a little walk in the place. Through these, you can overcome the boring and annoying “waiting game”.

3. Don’t overuse your gadgets or data

It’s usual especially for those who are younger to overuse their gadgets together with their data. If you’re stuck at an airport or somewhere around, minimise the usage of gadgets and data. You might not want to get to your destination with drained gadgets (nothing to use for taking videos or photos), and no data (excellent for updating posts for social media accounts).

4. Get yourself something to eat

It’s highly understood that cancelled or delayed flights may cause you to get bored and exhausted (yes! Even without doing anything!). So, why not spend the “waiting game” eating some of the snacks in your luggage, right? This can somehow divert your attention and may somehow prevent you from feeling the stressful situation.

5. Check or update your itineraries

If you get the unfortunate chance to face delayed or cancelled a flight, it’s expected that there would be a lot of changes, especially with your itineraries. So, why not update or check it while waiting for your boarding, right? In this simple way, you can maximise and use the time wisely.

6. Research more about your destination

One thing you could do to use your time in an effective way is to research more about your destination –top tourist attractions, luxury accommodation, best restaurants, and more. The heart-breaking news of cancelled or delayed flights is understandable may blow away your excitement. To revive the excitement, do these tips and you’ll surely be energised again upon seeing photo or videos about your travel destination.

7. Inform your family and friends

Once you get caught with cancelled or delayed flights, make sure to inform your family and friends. This isn’t only for your safety purposes but for them to be aware that there would be a change of time in your flight and itineraries.

8. Check your insurance

As a traveller with travel insurance, it will be much easier for you to know the reason/s of a delayed or cancelled flight.
Primarily, travel insurance policies assist you to book a hotel room and sustain your meals and entertainment needs. However, take note that all policies vary from each other so you better be careful in getting yours.

9. Figure out your rights as a traveller/passenger

Passengers or travellers are possibly being entitled to such compensation from the airline. It is if the flight is cancelled because of situations within the airline’s control like plane maintenance.
Some airlines aren’t rightfully necessary to sustain you with anything. But some will provide you with food vouchers or book you a hotel room if the flight delay or cancellation will last until the next morning.

10. Take some time to read a book

To clear your mind from the stressful thoughts, and to relax, read a book. Reading will surely soothe your mind divert your attention in the story. Instead of worrying and getting irritated by the annoying situation, dive into the wonders of a book.

So, here are only some of the best things to do while you’re disgustingly stuck at an airport or somewhere around the globe. You can always do something to kill the boredom and irritation. If you have some stories about your cancelled or delayed flight experience, we absolutely want to hear from you.


Kath Ramirez is a journalism graduate who aims to turn her dreams into her passion. Her love for writing started when she was seven years old, reading illustrated books. Writing articles, reading books, and dancing is her passion and she breathes into life with these. Kath is also engaged in exploring different places to stay for vacation or Holidays and a food addict but health conscious. She now works as a writer for Kims an absolute beachfront tropical location in the north of Sydney.