Short airport connection times can be a challenge for air travelers as a few seconds can make all the difference between catching one’s flight or being left behind at the gate.
Some tips that can help passengers connect faster include –
- Reserving an aisle seat toward the front of the plane on the arriving flight. Unfortunately this prime seat will probably come at an additional cost.
- Requesting a front seat either while checking in at the ticket counter or later by explaining the situation to the flight attendants. With most flights operating at nearly full capacity, it may be very difficult to find an open seat, especially near the front.
- Having a map of the connecting airport and, shortly before arrival, asking a flight attendant to confirm the gate assignment for your connecting flight. You’re almost guaranteed to miss your connection if you waste valuable time heading off in the wrong direction in search of the gate.
- If you have to change terminals and pass through security for your connecting flight, using pre-clearance security services such as CLEAR to save some time by jumping to the front of the security line will help.
- With extremely tight connections, there’s a good possibility your checked luggage won’t make the connecting flight even if you do. Be sure to pack your essentials in a carry-on.
And if it all fails and your flight departs before you arrive at the gate, try to find your airline’s customer service desk or get on the phone immediately to advise the airline that your connecting flight must be rescheduled.
However, if you’ve booked your flights on separate tickets, you’ll have to cancel your connecting flight before its scheduled departure time or the airline will cancel your ticket. Flight insurance may cover the cost of a new ticket to your destination, but with separate tickets and connecting flights its better to allow for possible delays and book your flights with ample time to make your connections.