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Old 06-04-2019, 06:48 AM
 
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Iíve flown but not for a while. If we are not checking bags and have a 7 am flight out of Ohare is it ok to get there 2 hours before or can it be an hour and a half? It says storms on Sunday leaving East coast. Is it possible flight can be delayed or canceled? Do most airlines still fly in Thunderstorms?
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Old 06-04-2019, 07:38 AM
 
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Always err on the side of getting to the airport early. If you haven't flown in a while, I would get there 2 hours early. You may spend some time sitting at the gate, but that's better than rushing around hoping you make your flight.

There's always a chance that flights can be delayed or canceled, for a variety of reasons including but not limited to weather. It's only Tuesday, so I wouldn't put much weight on the weather report this far out. Planes do flight in thunderstorms, but they won't board the plane if there is lightning close by (the ground crew isn't allowed on the tarmac if there is lightning nearby).
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:01 AM
 
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Iíve flown but not for a while. If we are not checking bags and have a 7 am flight out of Ohare is it ok to get there 2 hours before or can it be an hour and a half? It says storms on Sunday leaving East coast. Is it possible flight can be delayed or canceled? Do most airlines still fly in Thunderstorms?
Two hours or more....

It sounds early, but many people fly out of an airport early in the morning and many return late at night.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:15 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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I would always rather sit in an airport cafe with a beverage, than be stuck in traffic 5 miles outside the airport, with my plance getting ready to board. What is half an hour anyhow, just go early & have coffee or breakfast. I know airport food can be expensive, but think of it as part of your vacation.
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Just remember, your flight may technically leave at 7:00 but they'll likely close the doors closer to 6:30. Bordering will begin even earlier. Two hours before your actual flight time doesn't mean you'll be sitting around the airport for 2 hours.
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Old 06-04-2019, 01:40 PM
 
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Get there early. Hit the bar. Security sometimes takes a bit.
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Old 06-04-2019, 06:46 PM
 
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Until the airline tells you otherwise you should assume the flight will depart on time. A 7 am departure falls in the peak morning time for departures so screening checkpoint lines can be long.
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Old 06-04-2019, 07:08 PM
 
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And check before you leave home to see if the flight is still on; many airlines will also let you sign up to receive text messages and/or emails about changes to your flight.
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:03 PM
 
Location: In the land beyond Ohare!
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ORD is my home airport and if you haven't flown in awhile and likely dont have TSA Precheck or global entry, are not familiar with the checkin procedure then 2 hours would be my suggestion. Yes airlines fly in Tstorms.
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Old 06-05-2019, 04:24 AM
 
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Is it dangerous to fly in storms? A lot of turbulence? Yes I know they won’t fly if not safe but still worries me. What is more dangerous, thunderstorms or snow storms?
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