Don’t Trust Google for Flight Status Info

If you’re like me and sometimes get lazy looking up a flight status, don’t ask Google or Siri because the info they return is not always accurate. I learned that recently when my in-laws were flying from Toronto to Newark on Porter Airlines. As you can tell from the screenshot below, the Google result shows the flight as scheduled to arrive into EWR on time.

Flight status according to Google

Flight status according to Google

But when I double-checked the airline’s website (below), I saw the flight was not on time and had actually returned to the gate because of bad weather in NYC (the flight ended up being over six-hours late).

Flight status according to the airline

Flight status according to the airline

Moral of the tip: Don’t trust Google when it comes to flight status. Go directly to the source.



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1 Comment on "Don’t Trust Google for Flight Status Info"

  1. Better than just checking the airline site is to check the airline site and Flightstats uses the FAA submissions and is frequently ahead of the airline sites with delay information. At least at United it is the gate agent that controls the pre departure information and how quick the information is updated is highly variable.

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