5 Mistakes That Could Make You Miss Your Flight

If you’ve done much flying in the last 10+ years you know how much trouble it is to get from the airport doors to the actual gate for your flight. What you don’t often think of, are those other little things that might catch you off guard and cause you to be late for your flight. Here are 5 Mistakes That Could Make You Miss Your Flight like I have in the past. Not only do missed flights cost money you may or may not have, but they are also quite simply – a headache. At least, my personal experience means they do.
5 Mistakes That Could Make You Miss Your Flight


Take your sleeping medication before you board the flight. When you have a 2 hour wait after you get through security check points, it is not a good idea to pop that Ambien hoping you’ll sleep through your flight. You might in fact sleep through your flight leaving not just through the flight itself.

Have that one last martini with the girls. You’ll be blaming it on the alcohol for sure if that happens. You may be able to hold your liquor, but a slight buzz can also distract you and lead you to losing track of time. When you don’t know what time it is, you may just sit back and forget all about the quick departure. Or if you are particularly inebriated, fall asleep in an embarrassing upright position snoring loudly and not hearing the boarding call. This happened to me on a recent trip to Atlanta. I had a late dinner with a girlfriend of mine which included a few #drankydranks. Once I got to the airport, I lost track of time and sense of direction! I got to my gate a minute (literally) too late.

Start watching the latest season of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix. Let’s face it. This show is amazing and addictive. Once the first scene comes on you are glued to your sofa until the last one is over. Netflixing can be a very difficult habit to stop. Netflixing on the eve of or day of a flight is not recommended.

Have a last minute romantic tryst with the hot guy in the bar. We won’t go into details, but airports + alcohol + loneliness can equal a missed flight. Getting caught up with flirting you may lose track of time, and your own standards. Chances are, if a man is hanging out in an airport bar hitting on random women has a few issues to work out. Some may be great guys and wonderful flings, but the bulk aren’t. And if he’s not the hot guy you just met in the bar, he could be your husband. Or your secret lover. Boyfriend, etc. You get that point. Sometimes.. a good hot tryst is worth missing a flight!

Volunteering for the body cavity search at check point. Just because you lost track of your favorite pair of underwear on your vacation doesn’t mean you should put yourself out there for a full cavity search. Try to look inconspicuous. Check your bags or make sure you don’t have anything in violation of the TSA guidelines. Avoid wearing t-shirts with racial slurs, terroristic threats or things like “I pack big guns” when flying.

Flying to your destination is a fun and great way to save time and often times money. Being careful to avoid these 5 mistakes that could make you miss your flight is pretty important too. It’s fine to have fun, check out things to help you relax and all, but don’t put your plans in jeopardy in the process. Plan ahead, set alarms and make sure to pay attention so you won’t be the person everyone is giving the side eye as you sob uncontrollably watching your flight depart without you.

Have you missed a flight in the past? Sure your experience with me. Or feel free to share a tip on mistakes to avoid when it comes to missing your flight!

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  1. July 15, 2014

    haha I love these! I have yet to start OITNB.

    • July 15, 2014

      I started it and fell asleep on it. So either I was super tired or just not into it!

  2. July 15, 2014

    Funny situations I have never thought of! hahaha

  3. July 15, 2014

    OR you could have some sort of stomach upset. I read on Facebook that this has happened to people.

    Seriously, I’m glad that brought my attention to your blog! It’s totally fun and your boys are beautiful!

  4. July 15, 2014

    Hilarious! I’ve never missed a flight but on a girls trip we were paged for not being on the flight. We were sitting by the gate just laughing and talking!

  5. July 15, 2014

    No danger here of any of those!!
    Perhaps watching the 4400 on net flicks but not orange is the new black.
    I’m not into all the lesbian acts

  6. July 15, 2014

    I have had nightmares where I missed my flight but I can safety say none of those reasons would apply to me!

  7. July 15, 2014

    I am happy to say I have not had any of these reasons happen. I have been very lucky.

  8. July 15, 2014

    I have only ever missed one flight and that was the airline’s fault. They wouldn’t let us off the plane for over an hour because customs was full, so we missed our connection.

  9. Pam
    July 15, 2014

    Great post, lol! I’ve never missed a flight before, but I don’t really fly much.

  10. July 15, 2014

    This made me laugh because I can relate to all of these! I get sucked into Netflix every single darn time.

  11. I never fly, but I may have to start soon – thanks for the tips I never would have thought of!

  12. not to mention just getting to the airport late thinking you can bypass everyone in line just bc you are late. Then blame Airport security.

  13. July 15, 2014

    What a great post. I am taking a trip soon so I will definitely have to keep this in mind.

  14. July 15, 2014

    Love this post! I’ve never missed a flight then again, I’ve never been on an airplane!

  15. July 15, 2014

    I can’t say I’ve ever been in danger of missing a flight for one of THOSE reasons! However, I got a little too cozy with the fact my little airport is a quick check-in and went at the last minute recently. I almost got turned away because they don’t take bags less than 30 minutes from flight departure. However, since there was a line, they made an exception. I won’t be going late again!

  16. July 15, 2014

    Lol – yeah, I can see that these are reasons I may miss my flight. Especially having just one more with the girls – on our way to Vegas. It could happen!

  17. July 16, 2014

    I’m getting on a plan in less than 12 hrs so I hope I don’t miss it!!

  18. Love this list! It’s so funny and made me LOL!! I can happily say that I have never missed a flight for ANY of these reasons!!

    • July 16, 2014

      LOL- that’s good!! This was a first for me. Hopefully the last.. LOL

  19. July 16, 2014

    I’m always paranoid about getting to the airport in PLENTY of time, so I usually don’t have those issues! 😉

  20. My husband and I got married and Vegas and we missed out return flight because of me, I looked at the lay over info thinking that was what time we were leaving Vegas, got caught up in the moment I guess!

    • July 16, 2014

      Oh.. what happens in Vegas… stays in Vegas 😉 LOL

  21. July 16, 2014

    I haven’t been on any flights in a very long time… but I can honestly say that none of these would cause me to miss my flight, it’s the worrying about them the night before and leaving me sleepless that would 🙂

  22. I have NEVER missed a flight and I’m not sure how I would ever deal if I did! I hate the night before worries too.

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