Flight Connections: How to Avoid Missing Your Connecting Flight
Direct non-stop flights are best but sometimes, due to price or departure airport, flight connections are necessary to get to where you ultimately want to go. Here’s how to avoid missing your connecting flight.
Pick the right airport
The airport of your layover will go a long way in determining whether you make your flight connections so it is important for you to select the best possible airport hub. Here are the most reliable airports in the United States, each of which would increase the odds of your first flight arriving on time and you avoid missing your connecting flight.
By checking in online for your entire flight itinerary before your first segment you will reduce the hurdles needing to be leap over in order to promptly board your flight connections. Make sure you know which foods you can’t bring through airport security.
Charge your phone and screenshot your boarding pass(es)
Very few travelers are wielding paper boarding passes these days, so another way to avoid missing your connecting flight is to ensure your phone is charged and all your boarding passes are either saved in a digital wallet or screenshots are stashed in your photo library. This will come in handy should cell service be spotty and/or airport Wi-Fi not be functioning properly. These are the things your TSA security agent isn’t telling you.
Ok, so you missed your connecting flight. Now what?
You may have followed all the advice above to avoid missing your connecting flight and something out of your control still caused you to miss your flight connections. Head to your airline’s customer service counter and explain your situation, calmly and with as much of a smile as you can muster. With luck, you’ll get help to be rebooked on a flight departing sooner rather than later, avoid being stuck at the airport, and be back on your way to your final destination. Next, read on to find out the 22 things your flight attendant won’t tell you.