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Washington Post, Aug 13 2019 – How to navigate Hong Kong International Airport amid protests and flight cancellations

Washington Post, Aug 13 2019 – How to navigate Hong Kong International Airport amid protests and flight cancellations

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Here are some things to consider for anyone affected by the situation at Hong Kong International Airport:

Before leaving for the airport

If a flight has been canceled and a traveler is not yet at the airport, they should get in touch with their travel agency or airline for information on the rescheduled flight, said Matt Bradley, regional security director at International SOS.

“Monitor local developments to ensure the airport is open and operating before moving to the airport,” he said in an email.

Shannon McMahon, an editor at online travel magazine SmarterTravel, said in an email that travelers who want to amend their plans should check with airlines to see if they’re offering the option to change flights without a fee.

After arriving at the airport

Recent protests have taken place before checkpoints, which kept many travelers from being able to check in or pass through security. In a situation like that, experts said, travelers should move away from the activity.

“If you have not passed through security and are not allowed to do so, move to an area of the airport away from protesters,” Bradley said. “Wait for the demonstration to disperse before attempting to leave the airport. If the airport has a hotel on property, you may want to move to the hotel to wait until the demonstration is over. Avoid the demonstrators even if they appear peaceful, as the situation can change quickly.”

In case travelers need to leave the airport to wait out a cancellation, they may be covered for some expenses if they have travel insurance. Jenna Hummer, spokeswoman for travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth, says the standard benefit that covers long delays and cancellations would reimburse the cost of meals, accommodations and transportation to a place to stay.

“That can be really helpful for people that are stuck for 12 hours, 24 hours,” she says.

Read the full Washington Post article online here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2019/08/12/how-navigate-hong-kong-international-airport-amid-protests-flight-cancellations/