Why do flight search results show options with such long layovers?

Who in the world would book a 15 hour flight instead of a 2 hour flight? Really, who in the world would do that?

Flight search with long layover

A 13 hour layover!? You have got to be kidding me. The fringe cases are so few and far between that I don’t understand why flight search websites would even show results like that.

Ok, ok, I can think of a few cases where someone would buy a flight like that, and one of them goes something like this:

“Hey there Ed, whatcha doin’ on Thursday afternoon?”

“Well, I’ll be workin’ Bill, why do ya ask?”

“Well I bought one o’ them layover flights between Kansas and Colorado, so I’ve got about 17 hours of extra time in the Atlanta Airport, so I was thinkin’ to meet up with ya’ll and go get some lunch or play some pool or somethin’, seein’ that you’re the only relations I got in Atlanta and I couldn’t think of nothin’ better to do.”

“Shoot Bill, that’s mighty kind of ya to think of me, I think I’ll just take the day off and join ya. I’m sure we can find somethin’ exitin’ to do with all them extra layover hours.”

 “That’d be might fine. Golly, I’m sure glad these sites show flights like that, I sure get to see a lot of country that way.”

But really, do you know of anyone who books flights like that and then just makes the most of the long layovers? I’d love to hear about it.

In the mean time, I, and the rest of the population who would never book a 15 hour flight instead of a 2 hour flight will wade through the search results, muck and all.

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  1. Haha! I agree. When we look for flights to Malaysia from the UK the search results always include ridiculously long layovers. However, I didn’t think one could leave the airport during a layover? I thought you had to stay inside the airport as it’s technically international airspace? What happens if you are have a layover in a country where you don’t have a visa? Or are you referring to domestic US flights only?

    1. Yeah, from what I understand, you *can* leave the airport, but on international flights you’ll have to go through customs and immigration, and then for both domestic and international you’ll have to go through security again. But, I’ve also read three things that you’ll need to be careful of: #1 – your airline ticket might not allow you to leave the airport. You’ll have to check with your airline to be sure. #2 – You might need a visa to visit certain countries. #3 – Your bags *may* be placed in the “Red Zone” – due to security measures in force in some airports/airlines that uses a tracking system to recognize if you’ve left the airport and will “flag” your bags as suspicious. Then your bags might not make it back on the flight with you.

  2. I tell you what- this is a mighty fine post you got here. Haha. I was laughing my way through most if it.

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