Josh Freed: Canadian Flight Fear Survival Guide

Avoid connecting flights, but choose a city and airport where you want to spend several days if necessary, when your next flight is cancelled.

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So you’re planning your first trip since COVID-19, fly to British Columbia or Bhutan, on Scare Canada or Lessjet.

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But you are terrified of flight delays, cancellations and baggage problems, created by Canada’s ministry of air chaos and tourism destruction. Apparently, the Government of Canada had not anticipated an increase in travel, after 30 months of no travel.

So here is a survival guide to Canadian Flight Fright.

Preparation: If you need to renew your passport, start traveling two weeks in advance, as it’s quicker to drive nine hours from Montreal to Fredericton, where lines are only three hours long, not three weeks. So stock up for $500 and go.

DON’T FLY to Fredericton: When you get home 10 days later, you won’t want to fly for a year.

Packaging: In today’s age of air travel, your checked bags probably won’t go where you’re going, so pack accordingly. That is:

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1) Take only hand luggage, even if you are moving to Europe.

2) Take hand luggage, but also take non-essential items in a checked bag with everything you really need, just what you wonder if you might need: your cappuccino maker, a pedestal fan, your favorite breakfast cereal and your winter jacket when flying to the south of France.

If you’re going to a hot climate, ask yourself: do you really need extra shoes and clothes?

Airport: Arrive seven hours early to manage the one-hour-separated lines at the baggage, security, passport, immigration and fast-food booths, as Canadian airports are short-staffed.

For added security, place a GPS tracker on your luggage, so that once they go missing, you can track their journey as they travel to exotic foreign destinations you’ll never visit.

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If you are connecting, be prepared for overnight stays at the airport, while two-thirds of Air Canada flights arrived late last weekend.

In a handbag, bring a toothbrush, air mattress, pillow and pajamas for sleeping in comfortable floors of foreign airports.

Be like these Quebec Scouts who slept comfortably at the Vancouver airport a full night. They cleverly brought camping gear since they were thinking of camping in the Yukon.

Avoid connecting flights, but choose a city and airport where you want to spend several days if necessary, when your next flight is cancelled. Avoid the crowded Toronto Pearson airport in the morning, as well as in the afternoon, evening and night.

If you’re traveling with children, bring 24 hours of movies and electronics to keep them busy for more security lines, passports, restrooms, and boarding that will take longer than your flight, even if you’re heading to Australia.

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Flight: If your plane does leave the ground, wear a mask and avoid anyone on board who may have COVID-19, including flight attendants. Don’t be surprised if there is an announcement after takeoff, like in a famous German cartoon, saying:

“It’s the captain speaking; Welcome aboard. Due to COVID-19, I am working remotely from home today. »

We are understaffed so bring your own lunch, dinner, breakfast and seatbelt. Pray that your flight isn’t redirected due to weather, as that’s likely where you’ll be vacationing.

In the event of a rerouting, don’t bother looking for Air Canada representatives, because there aren’t any.

Good news! Air Canada just canceled about 15% of its July and August flights, so the rest should be late less often. Air Canada management is now considering canceling all flights — that way none would be late.

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If you finally arrive at your destination, it is best to have hotels and cars booked well in advance. Next week alone, 100 million people will travel around the worldrental cars therefore cost more per day than hotels, while hotels cost more than your flight.

During your holidays, have a fabulous time and never complain about anything. You’ll have plenty of time to grumble on the way back.

Back : The once routine round trips are now an ordeal. First, you need to find a clinic for COVID-19 testing, even though Canadians can board their flights home with COVID.

Then you have to fill out the ArriveCan online form, created by legions of Canadian bureaucrats to make sure only the tech-savvy go home, while the rest stay abroad to figure out how to use it.

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The form asks many relevant questions such as the address you will be quarantined at in Canada, if you have COVID-19 – even if there is no more contact tracing so no one checks, know or care where you are staying.

If you can’t remember your own address, make one up, as immigration officers rarely check anyone’s ArriveCan form as they are desperately understaffed.

When you land, don’t rush for your luggage, as your flight is hours away. They will first disembark any passengers who have connecting flights they have already missed.

If your flight home isn’t canceled it should be late so if you have a connection in Canada run like crazy through the airport before they reallocate your seats and beg you for standing places.

When landing at home, expect hours of waiting as immigration and baggage handling are understaffed to discourage tourists.

The bad news: Your luggage probably won’t arrive for a week. The good news: it will travel much further and earn more loyalty points than you.

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  1. Montrealer Jacques Bernier returned to Trudeau Airport on Wednesday morning hoping to retrieve his bicycle and camping gear, but they were still missing a day after arriving from Winnipeg via Toronto.

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