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Former airline employee shares her ‘number one hack’ for tracking flight status

Simon Calder’s Travel

A former airline employee has shared the ultimate hack every traveller should know on the day of their flight.

In a video posted to TikTok, user Darby (@durbinmalonster) explained that she worked in the airline industry for three years, and this one travel tip has made flying so much easier. “I worked in the airline industry for three years and this is my number one flying hack,” she began the clip, as she wrote over the video: “My #1 day of flight hack, from a former airline employee.”

Darby instructed her 272,000 TikTok followers to text themselves their flight number on the morning of their scheduled trip. “The key is you have to include your airline code,” she explained. “For example, if I’m flying American Airlines flight 686, I’m going to type AA686.”

The former airline worker noted that it’s helpful to text someone your airline code if they’re picking you up from the airport, or to simply keep for yourself. “That text will become a link to tell you everything you need to know about your flight and it will update in real time,” Darby said, adding that it will be “your source of truth all day”.

She included a screen recorded video to show viewers exactly what happens when you click the airline code link on your phone. As she texted her American Airlines flight number 968 to herself, she was given the option to “preview flight” on her phone. A tracker immediately popped up on the screen, showing that flight AA968 was making its way from Miami, Florida, to Salt Lake City, Utah, on time.

The “preview flight” tool also informed her what gate her American Airlines flight will be found at the airport, as well as where she can find baggage claim for her flight.

“If it changes, it’ll change in that link,” Darby continued. “Whoever’s picking you up can literally see your little airplane flying across the screen. You know when you take off you’re supposed to land at 8.30 in the morning and then mid-flight there’s a great tailwind or something and you end up landing at 8.06am? It’ll update in that link.”

The former airline worker maintained it’s “the greatest hack” for flying and she’s even stopped using display screens at the airport for looking up information about her flight. The hack also works for connecting flights, Darby noted, so that if you need to catch another flight,…

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