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Kill It With Tech: 7 Apps To Help Wipe Out Winter Delay Doldrums

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | January 13, 2016

Kill It With Tech: 7 Apps To Help Wipe Out Winter Delay Doldrums

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Winter is a wonderful time of year to sit with your thoughts as you sip on some hot cocoa. And you will have plenty of time to do so as you wait patiently for your plane to take off.

Welcome back to another edition of Kill It With Tech, where we scour the Internet for those apps and gadgets that will make your life easier out there amid your travels.

This week, we are concentrating on you poor souls who are undoubtedly looking out of those giant airport windows, watching for any sign of your airplane to come in like a sad puppy who just lost its owner.

Cheer up, because there are some items that may help alleviate a modicum of the distress.


No, we don’t recommend listening to the Lynyrd Skynyrd anthem unless you are in an airport lounge and are also wearing a tank top and mullet.

What we do recommend is considering the services of Freebird, which is essentially travel insurance for your next aviation departure.

We previously wrote on the app that allows travelers to essentially book a new ticket if your flight is canceled, making this the kind of innovation winter wanderers might want to have on their respective phones.


Now let’s say that you are canceled and not treated the least bit favorably in the aftermath from the airline.

Well, there is some digital recourse that doesn’t involve all that much time on your part.

Recently, we discovered the website Service, which handles all of the pain of customer service interaction for you.

And the best part is it’s free at the moment.


You can always give it a shot in the dark if you are delayed. An app like AirHelp will field your questions and concerns and help you out if your delay dilemma warrants it.


Nobody likes surprises. OK, we all enjoy surprises if they are of the pleasant and enjoyable variety.

When it comes to how things are going at your respective gate, knowledge is power.


While we may give the TSA a hard time, deservedly so, its app is a wonderful way to see how backed up the line is at security check.

There is even a weather component, just in case that part of your smartphone features is broken at the moment.


Speaking of going above and beyond that perfectly fine weather app that’s already on your phone.

AccuWeather is something you amateur meteorologists might actually enjoy. Now you can get minute-by-minute forecasts, which makes griping all the more efficient.

iFly Pro:

If you want an all-encompassing app that gives you info such as parking rates and airport restaurant guides, this is it.


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