Predict flight delays with this insider trick

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If you’ve ever found yourself sitting at an airport terminal just minutes before your flight is scheduled to leave — and yet the boarding process hasn’t even begun and, quite frankly, there doesn’t appear to be an airplane at the gate, but the flight information screen still promises an on-time departure — you’re not alone.

Airlines are often hesitant to announce delays, and are notorious for waiting until the last possible minute to do so. But there is an easy way to tell if you’re going to be delayed long before the airline is ready to admit it.

As BoardingArea blogger Dan Miller pointed out, there is one simple step travelers can take to keep closer tabs on their flight. And that’s to track the status of the aircraft with a tool like

After entering flight information on FlightAware, travelers can track the inbound aircraft by clicking “Where is my plane now?”

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