How accurate are departure times for airplanes? If the departure time is 9:30 and I come at 9:45 will I be able to board?
- trailblazerLv 71 year agoFavorite Answer
No, barring the fact most airlines close the doors to board at no later than 10 minutes before departure, even a delayed flight would probably see you staring at the plane taxiing to the runway as you look out of the terminal window.
- JenniferLv 71 year ago
Barring any weather or mechanical issues, airlines usually pull out on time. If you show up AFTER the departed time, you are SOL.
- Karen LLv 71 year ago
They are very accurate, as a rule. If you're not there by 9:20 you've probably missed the flight.
- JetDocLv 71 year ago
Probably not. MOST commercial flights close boarding several minutes BEFORE departure time to allow passengers and cabin crew to settle in and prepare for the flight. If your flight was scheduled to depart at 9:30, it's likely that the aircraft doors were closed before 9:25. That's why they tell you to arrive at the airport AT LEAST an hour prior to scheduled departure time.
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- MercuryLv 71 year ago
- ChucklesLv 71 year ago
Actually they board about 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time and generally close the door 15 minutes before departure. Then the pull away from the gate at the scheduled time. If you show up 15 minutes after the scheduled time, you will likely see an empty gate.
- regeruggedLv 71 year ago
- RonLv 71 year ago
Departure time means when they pull away from the gate. You will have to run like a bastard to get out to the taxiway
- Phil MLv 71 year ago
From what I've been hearing, you need to get there at 7:30 to be able to board by 9:30.
- PercyqtedLv 71 year ago
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Only if you can run very fast and fly. Even if you catch up with the aircraft the captain isn't going to open the door and let you in, something to do with cabin pressure.