Delayed flights are an unavoidable part of travel. Between mechanical issues and stragglers getting on the plane, they're bound to happen.
But one of the biggest factors behind a late departure is simple: The plane you're scheduled to fly on is already running late. A recent update to the Delta app now allows you to track your airplane on its journey before arriving at your gate.
While this information is already available on great third-party sites like FlightRadar24.com, but Delta has made it seamless to check on your plane's status.
How It Works
It's as simple as can be. As your flight time approaches, just tap “Where's My Plane?” on your boarding pass under the departure status.
You'll be taken to a landing page that shows you where your plane is coming from. It will provide valuable information about the status of that flight and whether or not it's on time.
If the plane you're supposed to be on is still in the air, you'll even get a handy map showing you exactly where it's at.
This information is more limited than what you might find on dedicated flight-tracking websites. But it's a quick and easy way to check on your plane without having to manually search for it.
This new Delta app feature will be useful for assessing whether or not your flight may be delayed. But it's also just a fun way to track your plane!
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.