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How to Survive Airport Delays During This First Blizzard of 2014

January 3, 2014 at 7:40 AM | by | ()

Hercules is in town! No, we don't mean the strongman hero of myth, but rather the winter storm hitting the East Coast this morning, given the name "Hercules" by The Weather Channel. Airlines began canceling flights last night (2,647, according to FlightAware) and the bad news continues through this morning, with FlightAware's Misery Map showing 1,664 cancellations as of 7am EST this morning. Those numbers don't include delays!

Airports like Chicago-O'Hare enjoyed an early onslaught of traveler frustration yesterday evening as those cancellations and delays lit up the Departures board in red and yellow. An Instagram from comedian Deon Cole shows as much, although he has a fun take on the situation: "The airport in Chicago is insane! All this airport is missing is a DJ!"

Here at Jaunted, we've used our knowledge gained from previous frustrating weather delay escapades to develop a small series on Five Things to Do at...whichever major airport you're stuck at. Several tips to remember are:

· Follow your airline on social media
· Check your airline's website for a winter travel waiver, allowing for free flight changes, and take advantage of it!
· Have all your flight information (especially the booking code) easily accessible for when you eventually have to make that dreaded rebooking call.
· Before heading to the airport, stash a few snacks, a good book, charge all your electronics to 100%, and pack an abundance of patience.

Meanwhile, the bulk of today's flight issues will come from New York's three major airports, plus Boston-Logan, as they shovel out from under Hercules' onslaught. Here's a few of our best stories to help you endure this tough travel day, until you finally get to where you're going:

· Surviving a Cancelled Flight: What to Buy at the Airport
· Consider traveling to one of these "endless summer" destinations next winter
· Five Things to Do at: Atlanta-Hartsfield (ATL)

· Five Things to Do at: Chicago-O'Hare (ORD)

· Five Things to Do at: Detroit-Metro (DTW)

· Five Things to Do at: Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP)

· Five Things to Do at: Dallas-Forth Worth (DFW)

And, maybe, just... Pray Josh Groban is on your delayed flight

[Photos: Jaunted, Weather Channel]

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