A delayed plane is almost like a small music festival, but it’s missing that extra music connection and the consequent high levels of general niceness it comes with. Anyway, taking that element aside, a delayed plane is still a bunch of faces you get familiar with over the cues, late night hotel check ins, breakfasts, dinners and so on…
It basically is a collective experience. And this is when the music festival comparison is at its full potential because music is a form of art that people experience together, as opposed to the viewing paintings in galleries or reading a book. As a result of that people even smile at each other when recognized. It makes it somehow an interesting social/human experience, it does.
Another difference between the music festival and a delayed plane is there should be a compensation for the delay of your plane. The airline should inform you about your rights and options regarding any possible delay. Your EU passenger rights are here.
In EU, you should be entitled to receive various amounts of compensation, determined by the distance of the flight as well as the length of the delay. In general it is:
- 250€ for flights less than 1500km
- 400€ for flights between 1500 and 3500km
- 600€ for flights more than 3500km
I got €600 in cash, which I picked as an option instead of a generous €750 worth of credit for Condor flights.
Good luck with the delays 😉