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Which said, “Almost 1.2 million passengers suffered severe flight delays last year”. Everyone has been in a situation where their airplane has been delayed a few minutes or a few hours. I have had a few fights where the airplane was delayed for a few hours. A couple of years ago I was going on holiday with my family to Crete on EasyJet. The airplane was delayed for about 4 hours due to Malfunction problem.

As I was waiting there was another EasyJet airplane just sitting at the gate next to ours. I did not know why did not use it. As it was the same size airplane.

My worst Flight Delay Experience Everis was when there was planned strikes at the airport you are going to. Last year I was in Portugal Lisbon airport coming back from my holiday and we heard there was a 24-hour security strike.

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Airline companies were advised passengers to get to the airport about 5 to 6 hours before the departure time. We got there 5 hours before. I got in the biggest security check line. We waited in line for over 4 hours. Only to be told by the police “you might miss your flight and leave as it’s unlikely you get on your plane. We were only a halfway through the queues. A few people told us that TAP Portugal will not refund the flights and lucky we were not with them. We with EasyJet.

The queues were the worst I have ever seen as people were just passing and shoving to try and get to their flight. The police were unorganized with everything. There was a ticket checkpoint before we get to the security checks. We waited there for about 2 hours getting crushed there were no queues. It looked like being in a fast food companies chicken pen all compacted in a small space.

Finally, after about 2 house we got past the gate to walk up the stairs to only join back in the queue. People were getting frustrated queuing, so they queued jumped. There were young children and elderly people in the queues that I felt sorry for having to queue for a very long time. When we got to the security checks part they only had about 5 baggage carriages open with lack of staff from the security checks going on strike.

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There were lots of people competed in the airport, so it was very hot. There were lots of people fainting from being dehydrated. We got very close to the baggage check area and my Dad said we only have 5 minutes until our airplane was leaving, so he asked the security staff if we could queue jump and they said yes, but the other passenger in the queue stated shouting at us. They also were telling us that their flight left about 3 hours ago and we went back to our spot in the queue.

We finally got past security to the departure lounge area 30 minutes after our departure time. We ran to our gate.  I was running and I could see people sleeping.  As they have missed their flight to our luck the gate was still open. The airplane did not leave yet. We got on the plain and the pilot said he is not leaving until all the passengers are on the plane. That was about 3 hours wait to be left. One family that came after we told us that there was a flight in the queue, I think it was because a person trying to queue jump. Heathrow airport kept the airport open for us as there was not meant to be any planes arriving after midnight, but we arrived just a bit past midnight. It was the quickest arrivals. As it was just our flight in thermal 2 or 3 I think.

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If only we knew about Flight Delay Claims 4 u. They could have helped us with our claim to get as much money back as possible. It’s a new company that just started a year ago and based in Manchester. They pride themselves on making the process quick and easy. Find out more about how Flight Delay Claims 4 u can help you. On your next flight delays, cancellations, and diversions.

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  1. Hi Daniel,

    Sounds like a crazy one.

    We have had our fair share of delays. A few were no biggie, and a few were much longer.

    It comes with the traveling territory in most cases, as if you can embrace the wait, and either sleep a bit or get busy with your blog writing, then things will seem to fly by a little more quickly.

    Thanks for sharing Daniel.


  2. Waiting is alway difficult. This should make it easier

  3. Oh, experienced delays several times…. Once had to stay overnight. That is why I prefer trains.

  4. Ya experienced that a few times. No easy way to get over it. Most airlines are not too helpful in such situations too!

  5. Oh wow! Waiting for 4 hours in line! Thanks for sharing your story and tips.

  6. Wow, I wish I had read this before I had a 24 hour delay in Texas on my way to Australia! Very useful information.

  7. Sounds like a bit of a headache. Always the worst having this happen.

  8. oh man wish I would have found this sooner! I had getting stuck at the airport :/

  9. As a traveler myself I know how much of a pain delays are. I’m happy that so far I’ve been fortunate enough not to have had experienced that many delays or issues with my flights until now. And definitely hope it won’t happen in the future either 😂.

  10. I hate flight delays, we’ve been sat on the floor in a queue for 3 hours before waiting for a Ryanair flight

  11. Flight delays can really put a damper on your trip. We’ve never experienced any strikes though, that would be a bummer.

  12. I’ve never heard of this company but am going to check it out. When you travel as much as so many of us do, flight delays are inevitable. I’m all for anything that will make them easier.

  13. Glad you got home ok. My biggest frustration with flight delays is the lack of public transport in the UK later on. Everything just grinds to a halt – and taxis are prohibitively expensive.

  14. What a nightmare! Luckily we haven’t had such an awful experience yet. But if I’ll think of your advise and take flightdelayclaims4you! It’s so mean if people loose their money and flight; sometimes they’ve saved years for their holidays!

  15. I have to say this trumps any flight delay I’ve ever had. As a budget backpacker I’m quite used to having flight and transport delays around the world but this must have been a painful experience especially as it was a family trip. Hats off to you for keeping your cool

  16. I was once delayed over 24 hours although it was because of a hurricane which clearly is not the airline’s fault. It is incredibly frustrating however! Sounds like this was terribly well organised

  17. We’re very lucky that we’ve never had such a horrible flight delay so far! The only heavy one that we had was a bit different: they cancelled our flight before we went to the airport. We had to wait two days before they found another flight (with another company) for us. If only we had known about flightdelayclaims4you back then… but thanks for sharing this, now we know for next time!

  18. i hate delay flights and we don’t like to wait so we do something till the flight is ready lol :))

  19. It seems you had a crazy day. But it was so good to see that your airline waited for you. That’s an incredible gesture.
    Do they offer services in India as well. Will check for sure.

  20. I’ve had flight delays before but only for a short time, nothing tragic. For my case Airhelp always emails to check if I do need to file complaint for my flight delays. I beg off most of the time because it was only for a short hours.

  21. Sounds a bit unpleasant for having a fight delay as such. But sure if you had your insurance, you can of course claim and get a benefit despite. Haven’t had a serious flight delay experience yet but if ever, I’ll maybe just try my best to entertain myself. Safe travels!

  22. I’ve experienced this myself! Flight delay is indeed a hassle, but it could happen! Best be prepared for things like these.

  23. Ughh delays are always the worst – especially if you have a connecting flight after too! But I guess that’s all part of the traveling experience, whether it be the good or the bad.

  24. That’s a challenging and tough experience to pass through and a life experience too.

  25. Oh yeah, issues with flights is all always an annoying part of traveling. Unfortunately, there is usually nothing we can do about it. Sounds like your situation was quite hairy! Glad you made it through ok!

  26. Flight delays are super irksome, especially coz they hamper all your further plans and you really cannot do anything about it. Most of the time I kill the waiting period by catching up on all the social media conversations and tick off pending stuff or simply people watch!

  27. interesting… I wonder if this company does US flights too!

  28. Thankfully I’ve not had too many delays in all my years of travelling. The worst was probably a delayed Manchester-Heathrow flight a few years ago. It meant we missed our connecting flight to Cape Town and had to wait until the next day, resulting in one missed day in South Africa. Bit annoying but it was just one of those things…

  29. Just the words “flight delay” make me cringe a little. Never a good experience. Glad you made it through without losing your mind 🙂

  30. Meh – flight delays are always a bummer. Yours sounds pretty bad, my recent one was a two hour delay from Munich airport and as it was a really short flight and I just wanted to get home it was pretty annoying but other than that rather unspectacular.
    My worst one was in Cyprus where it was super super hot as well. Never a pleasant experience unfortunately 🙁

  31. I remember when my kids and I had to stay the night in an airport! It was miserable! Thanks for Sgt your experience

  32. Thank you so much for this information!!!! Really helpful!

  33. Flight delays are unfortunate. It’s especially unfortunate when it is a strike. It’s nice that they held the plane and kept the airport open for you guys.

  34. What a horrible experience! I would not want to go through that! Flight Claims for you looks like a good way to get some compensation. I will have to keep it in mind!

  35. I hate delays. But I always try to use them to get bumped in case the flight is overbooked.

  36. Flight delays are inevitable unfortunately. There are many reasons that cause them, from malfunctions like you stated to weather anomalies, and many more reasons most people don’t realize. Of course people want to get to their destination however airplanes are not cars. They are FAR more complex, and safety is the utmost important factor. I personally don’t mind delays. While of course I want to get to my destination on time, I’d rather get there in one piece than not get there at all. I think sometimes people take air travel for granted, not realizing all that goes into making a flight safe. Lastly, just because there was another airplane just sitting there, doesn’t mean it could be used as a replacement.

  37. Thanks for writing about your experience, i think the world the passionate people like you

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