After Malaysian borders reopened after 2 years of battling the COVID-19 pandemic. It was supposed to be all about a return to travel glory following two-plus years of pandemic-induced downturn. It’s shaping up to be the summer of travel chaos, from flight delays and cancellations to lost luggage to packed airports, thanks to ongoing labour shortages and other issues.
We’ve all fallen victim to (or known someone who’s experienced) this frustrating situation: your flight is delayed 30 minutes. And then it’s an hour. Then three. Sometimes, it’s cancelled altogether after hours of waiting and you have to…? YES, wait even longer as a new plane is chartered and tickets are reissued.
What’s worse? There’s nothing you can do about it. There’s nothing the gate agent can do about it either. So instead of losing your cool with an airline employee, the best thing to do is plan ahead and move quickly following the dreaded announcement.
But with a bit of savvy, planning, and a few key items, travellers don’t have to be completely at the mercy of the mishaps plaguing air travel at the moment. Here are some traveller-tested tips to survive flight delays and cancellations.
Buy Trip Insurance
Purchasing travel insurance is very important. In the event of a flight delay or cancellation, travel insurance can save the day, or at least, save you from shelling out on hotels, non-refundable reservations, and other extra expenses. But make sure to read the print first before buying to make sure you are clear on exactly what are the policy covers.
To avoid your suitcase winding up in the mountains of luggage that keep pilling up in airports, DON’T CHECK A BAG!! Absolutely, packing for carry-on only might be tricky, especially for longer trips, and depend on your airline and status, you may have to pay the privilege. But it’s worth to avoid the hassles that come with a lost suitcase, whether it comes at the front or end of your trip. Don’t know how to pack? Read our previous blog “Percutian Minimalis? 6 Tips Mudah Packing Luggage Untuk Travel“
Bring a power bank
A powerful, portable power bank that can keep your devices up and running when charging outlets are in short supply. You can bring it with you in your cabin luggage for a smooth check-in process. But only power bank with a maximum capacity of 27000mAh and below are allowed on board, make sure to check that before going on flight.