The Stranded Flier’s Survival Guide

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Oh WSJ, what will you think of next?

 

Step 1: EARLY WARNINGS

Sign up for flight-status alerts from FlightStats.com and your airline.

Step 2: PRE-FLIGHT CHECKLIST

Pack snacks, battery chargers and overnight essentials in your carry-on.

Step 3: LOOK AHEAD

Check to see if your connecting flight is still scheduled before boarding your first flight.

Step 4: GET IN LINE

If canceled, use gate agents or your own travel agent rather than phoning the airline.

Step 5: R U THERE?

Tweet complaints, Some airlines have workers who monitor social-media sites and can assist with rebooking.

Step 6: AIRPORT CLUBBNG

Buy a day pass to an airline club. It’s comfortable and often has the most accommodating agents.

Step 7: VOUCHER ME

Ask airlines and airport personnel on the ground for vouchers toward discounted hotel rooms.

Step 8: B.O. BE GONE

Use white courtesy phones in most airports to locate cots, blankets, diapers and even showers, when available.

 

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