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Everything you need to know about layovers

What happens to luggage during a long layover?


When you have a long layover and have checked luggage, it is typically transferred to your final destination, so you do not need to pick it up until you arrive. If you need to retrieve your luggage during the layover, you will need to go to baggage claim and re-check it for your next flight. It is a good idea to check with your airline for their specific policies and procedures for layovers and luggage.



Will a layover plane wait for you?

In general, planes do not wait for passengers who are connecting from other flights. It is the responsibility of the passenger to ensure they arrive at their gate on time. If you miss your flight due to a delay on the previous flight, the airline may try to book you on the next available flight, but they are not required to do so and it may result in additional fees. To avoid missing a connection, consider booking a longer layover or changing your itinerary to include a longer layover. Be sure to check with the airline for their policies and procedures in case you miss a connection.



What happens if I miss my connecting flight due to a delay?

If you miss your connecting flight due to a delay on the previous flight, contact the airline. They may be able to book you on the next available flight or reroute you on a different airline. If you have a tight connection, you may need to spend the night in the airport, so it is advisable to have some extra cash, a change of clothes, and essential toiletries in your carry-on bag in case of unexpected delays. If your flight is delayed and you are worried about making your connection, inform a member of the airline staff as soon as possible. They may be able to hold the connecting flight for you or rebook you on a different flight, but this may result in additional fees. If you miss your connecting flight and the delay was the fault of the airline (e.g., mechanical issues, crew delays), you may be entitled to compensation under the Montreal Convention, including meals, accommodation, and transportation to your final destination.



What happens to checked luggage if I miss my connecting flight?

If you miss your connecting flight, your checked luggage will typically be transferred to your final destination and you will not need to pick it up until you arrive. If your luggage is not transferred, you will need to go to baggage claim and re-check it for your new flight. If you are rebooked on a new flight, confirm with the airline that your checked luggage will be transferred as well. If you are unable to retrieve your checked luggage, contact the airline to report the missing luggage and request delivery. If you miss your connecting flight and the airline is not responsible for the delay (e.g., mechanical issues, crew delays), they are not required to compensate you for any inconvenience or delays caused by the missed connection. However, you may be entitled to compensation under the Montreal Convention in such cases.



Who pays if I miss my connecting flight?

If you miss your connecting flight due to a delay on the previous flight, the airline may rebook you on the next available flight at no additional cost. If you miss your connecting flight due to circumstances not caused by the airline (e.g., you arrive at the gate after boarding has closed), you may be required to pay any additional fees for rebooking your flight. If your flight is delayed and you are worried about making your connection, inform a member of the airline staff as soon as possible. They may be able to hold the connecting flight for you or rebook you on a different flight, but this may result in additional fees. If you miss your connecting flight and the delay was the fault of the airline









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