How To Deal with Flight Delays on Business Trips

How To Deal with Flight Delays on Business Trips

You’re in LA at 8:00 am, and you have to meet a client at 8:00 pm in Washington DC. You’ve got a DC limo service all lined up, and reservations for dinner at 8:30 at a restaurant the president once ate sushi at. Even accounting for the three-hour time difference, you’ve got plenty of time (even if you have to deal with flight delays). Then the lady at the airline counter announces that the plane’s flux capacitor is broken, and they have to transport another one in from the year 1985. That’s going to take five hours, at least. Well, now you’ll need an act of time travel to meet your client on time in Washington DC. You have to face the music. It’s probably not going to happen. The DC limo service will probably just leave without you, and you can kiss the presidential sushi goodbye . . . not to mention that big deal you were supposed to seal with your client. Every day, travelers have to deal with flight delays on business trips. Flux capacitors break. Hurricanes tie up airports along the entire eastern seaboard. Fog descends like a veil preventing you from understanding anything in your life. I see the frustration it causes, because I work with travelers—I drive for a DC limos service. So I have some insights into the whole mess of how to deal with flight delays on business trips. Here’s my advice. Step 1: Do not get angry and pushy. It won’t get you anywhere with the airline people, and might make them less able to find you alternate flights to...