Flight Delays

Flight Delays - header image with six photos of airplanes, airport and suitcase

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you will undoubtedly heard about the collapse of Monarch Airways. The news broke one morning around two weeks ago and it was just horrid! The reports were basically they didn’t renew their licence and didn’t announce it until that licence had expired. Which meant it left hundreds or thousands of people stranded at airports all around the world.

I watched the clips on the news and thought those poor people! Just imagine being stranded at an airport with your baby/child/children. Everyone would be grumpy because a) they’re on their way home from a holiday and b) lack of access to comfort – those airport chairs are awfully uncomfortable.

Stuck on the Airplane

Flight Delays - British Airways flight taking off form Manchester airport

Or worse still, being stuck on an actual airplane because of delays?! We’ve been lucky enough to never experience flight delays but my mother in law did. I hope she doesn’t mind me mentioning it! They were on a flight to Lanzarote but had flight delays. I forget what caused the delay but she said she was stuck on the plane for a few hours. They weren’t even offered any food or drink during the delay. Thankfully, we weren’t with them… ugh I can’t imagine what my two girls would’ve done!

Flight Delays – What To Do

Flight Delays - photo of suitcase and British passport

From what I’ve read if you’re flight is delayed by 2 hours, the airlines are legally obliged to provide you with food and drink, access to calls and emails and in the case of overnight delays, a hotel. If your flight is delayed by 3 hours or more then you’re also entitled to compensation under EU laws. There are different rates of compensation depending on criteria. There are a number of companies out there who specialise in compensation claims such as Flight Delay Claims 4 U. From a quick read of their website, they also deal with cancelled flights and overbooked flights. I hate the overbooked flight stories. The one about the 15 year old boy being taken off the EasyJet flight.….

Have you ever experienced any flight delays on your travels?

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