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Today’s lesson comes courtesy of a hydraulic failure on a regional jet that was supposed to take my wife and I to Washington Dulles (IAD) for the first leg of our trip to Peru. I had originally forgot to book this CLE-IAD flight, but thankfully remembered in time!
Because our flight to Lima was on LAN (and therefore a separate ticket), I knew that it is sometimes hazardous to book connecting flights on different airlines. So I booked us with a 7 hour layover in Dulles. CLE-IAD leaving at 2:40 p.m. arriving at 4:05 p.m. with our overnight flight to Lima not departing until 11 p.m.
But then…. a mechanical issue (hydraulics!) caused a delay with our flight. Since this type of thing happens periodically (frequently?) here are 6 tips to help you in the…