Your Smartphone Can Ease Your Furlough Delay Stress

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The recent furloughs sweeping through the nation's airports are causing for major delays and even cancellations. Having your smartphone handy could solve the woes of having to change your travel plans.

Most of the popular airlines like Southwest, JetBlue, and Continental have gone mobile. Their apps will give you instant updates ahead of time if your flight is delayed.

Some, like Southwest, will let you change your reservation and reschedule your flight to another one set to take off as scheduled.

If your flight is delayed and you have some time to kill, you'll want to download GateGuru. This app will let you check airport information including security wait times, and will give you a list food choices and amenities available in the specific airport you're located.

And if it comes to the worst case scenario and your flight gets cancelled, apps like HipMunk, Kayak, and AAA will let you book a nearby hotel and/or rental car right from your phone before anyone else can. Preventing you from having to sleep in the airport gate.

Of course, your smartphone is there to keep you company with social media, music, and videos--but having certain travel apps could solve the woes that come from flight delays and can help you get to where you need to be when you're supposed to.