Staying sane during flight delays

12/9/2013 5:24:44 PM

As the northeast and other U.S. locales see dangerously wintry conditions, vacationers and business travelers alike are finding themselves stuck in airports due to lengthy flight delays and cancelations. At these times, it can be easy to lose patience and let the frustration drive you mad. To keep your cool, try some of these tips:

Feed yourself
If you're already in a bad mood because your flight has been delayed, letting yourself go hungry will only make you more irritable. Take a break from whatever you're doing and sit down for a satisfying meal at an airport eatery. Enjoy your meal and try to unwind as much as possible while you wait out the delays. 

Revise your travel schedule
Many people find that an easy way to ease their nerves is to set up an hour-by-hour day plan, which can make you feel more in control. You might, for example, alter your itinerary to reflect your updated arrival time, when you'll check in to your hotel and what time you expect to pick up your long-term car rental. Revising your schedule after a flight delay can also help you get back on track and make up for any lost time.