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I'm flying westward in the morning. I don't think I'll have enough time to pray shacharit before I take off, and don't wish to do so en route. I should land with enough time to pray shacharit before zman kriat shma: is there any problem with my doing so? What would other issues of tefillah be in this case?

  • Why do you think it might be a problem? – Scimonster Sep 23 '14 at 19:37
  • I have no clue. – Noach MiFrankfurt Sep 23 '14 at 19:43
  • Do you think the zman will pass in the east but when you land in the west won't have passed, or do you just not have time in the east because of logistics? – Scimonster Sep 23 '14 at 19:46
  • Both. It turned out that I completely missed the zman because I was under the impression that my flight was two hours earlier than it was. I certainly had no time to daven, at least with tallit and tefillin beforehand though. – Noach MiFrankfurt Sep 23 '14 at 20:08
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Happens to me all the time. Two main issues I see

  • Once the time to pray arrives, you cannot eat before you pray (see e.g., here and here), which is one incentive to pray on the plane
  • Planes are often delayed, or you can get stuck on the runway waiting to get off, therefore it is not a good idea to wait until the last minute to pray at the destination airport

If you cannot pray with talit and tfilin on the plane, one not-ideal possibility is to pray without on the plane, and put talit/tfilin later, either after arriving or at mincha.

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