What happens if you miss your flight due to airport delays and your refund rights?

As Brits face long queues at Manchester and Birmingham airports over the Easter holidays, what happens if you miss your flight due to airport delays?

A man watches his plane take off from an airport
Missing a flight is stressful enough — let alone when it’s not your fault

British go further Easter The holidays have seen chaotic queues and cancellations as airports and airlines face staff shortages due to Covid.

Over 1,100 flights have been cancelled In the last week, easyJet and British Airways have been hit by disruptions, while passengers arriving at Manchester Airport have faced huge queues, some as long as four hours. Over the weekend there were longer queues at security checks in Birmingham and Heathrow.

As a result, the British are being pushed into it arrive for flights at the earliest possible timeto allow for additional time for the delays.

But what happens when you’ve checked in, dropped off your bags, and then realize you’re missing a flight due to long lines and delays at security checkpoints?

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It’s worth noting that if your flight is canceled or delayed by the airline, you’re entitled to a refund and compensation – we’ve got them a guide explaining your refund rights depends on the situation.

However, if you’ve missed a flight because you’re stuck in an airport security queue, it’s not quite that simple and, unfortunately, you’re unlikely to get a refund – but that doesn’t mean you have to be on your pocket, or that your vacation is cancelled.

While you’re on hold

If you’ve checked in and are stuck in a security queue and can see the clock ticking off about an hour before boarding, speak to a member of staff.

Often, passengers who are about to depart can be pushed to the front of the queue – so you may be pushed through to boarding.

Brits struggle with long queues at airports due to understaffing



If it becomes clear that you will not be boarding your flight, contact your airline as soon as possible.

Sometimes airlines delay flights when a significant number of passengers are stuck at security.

This will prevent the airline from flagging you as a ‘no-show’ passenger and contacting you early means they may be able to rebook you on the next flight. If you have checked baggage, this also means that it can be removed from the flight and returned to you.

Do you get a refund if you miss your flight?

If you miss your flight through your own fault, e.g. B. because you arrive late at the airport, unfortunately you will not get a refund from your airline.

However, you can request a refund of Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax for the unused fare, which you can request in writing.

Although airport delays are frustratingly beyond your control, the airline is still unlikely to refund you the remainder of the fare as they are not legally required to do so.

However, if you get in touch quickly, they might be able to rebook you on another flight. Some airlines such as easyJet may charge a small ‘rescue fee’ for this.

It’s also worth checking your travel insurance policy, as some insurers will cover missed flights.

Is there a fee for missing a flight?

It depends on the airline you are flying with as each company has their own policies. You will not be charged an additional fee for a no-show, however a small fee may be charged to rebook you on an alternative flight.

For example, easyJet offers a ‘rescue fee’ to get you on the next available flight, provided you arrive at the airport no later than two hours after your scheduled departure time.

You won’t be charged for missing your flight – but you may have to pay a fee to switch to another



Jet2 says it is a non-refundable airline but says it will refund Air Passenger Duty on unused fares. However, an administration fee of £25 will be charged for any booking that requires an APD refund.

Meanwhile, TUI Airways says it won’t offer refunds for missed flights, but can refund “all government taxes and per-passenger fees for unused flights upon request”.

What happens to your checked baggage if you miss a flight?

As soon as it becomes clear that you will not be boarding your flight, contact the airline.

In most cases, if a passenger does not show up at the gate, airline staff will locate their checked baggage and have it off the plane so it can be returned to the missing passenger.

Your bags are always tracked, so getting them back to you shouldn’t be too difficult.

Have you been caught by airport delays or affected by flight cancellations? Email us at webtravel@trinitymirror.com.

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