The frustration of not knowing where a delayed plane is could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new technology solution on display at the airport industry's ACI-NA show this week.
Instead of waiting in silent anger or haranguing an airport assistant, passengers at gates may soon be able to check a display which shows the real-time location of their aircraft as it approaches the airport.
The technology, called 'Flight In Sight', displays the aircraft's location on a large-screen map in a waiting area, helping to keep passengers informed as they wait to board their flight.
It can also show other information such as departure and arrival times, the time remaining until the aircraft lands, and even weather radar information so that passengers can easily see what flying conditions are like.
Although Flight In Sight hasn't been rolled out yet, a spokesperson for the company told Relaxnews that a number of airlines and airports had expressed interest in the technology.
Until it goes live, customers can use a rapidly-growing number of apps and websites to keep track of their flights, from FlightView Live (the company behind Flight In Sight) to Mobiata's acclaimed FlightTrack app, available for iOS, Android and Blackberry.