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flight delays experience

Explorer C

Recently I had several experience with flight delays due to the plane was not there at the time for boarding or just arrived at the gate. My last time the plane arrived few minutes before boarding but they were able to get people on the plane on time. I told my wife it is great so we may get home a little bit earlier since they always put about 30 minutes margin in schedule. Unfortunately, I spoke too soon !!! A pilot (not sure from which airlines) who fly standby for free was late and end up we have to wait for him about 25 minutes and he seemed not care by taking easy to put his carry on to the bin. When we were on the air, the piplot announced that it is unusal instead got tail wind (LAS to PHL), we got crosswind therefore the flight took longer end up we were late by 40 minutes!!!


Anyone has similar experience the plane was not there at the time for boarding? So far I can say in my case it is about 80%.


Re: flight delays experience

Aviator A

A 25min boarding delay because you had to wait on other passengers/crew is nothing and because of the weather your flight took just a little longer the airline has no control over that. A 40min late flight overall is nothing just wait till the day you have a 3 hour delay or an overnight delay. 

When traveling I plan for my flights to be late so that in the event the flight is on time I’ll be happy and excited. When traveling always allow extra time in your schedule for the event of a delay say if your scheduled to land at noon don’t have a meeting at 1pm expect the unexpected so your not mad when a slight inconvenience occurs.