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Old Feb 21, 19, 7:51 am
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Often1
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I am surprised that neither the GA nor OP has experienced this, particularly at a hub. There is no requirement or reason to hold up boarding for the flight crew. If one waits, then it is 30-minutes from their arrival until the push. If the passengers are boarded, then the delay is minimized.

I presume that the inbound crew was either inbound from somewhere on a very early flight (as this departure was scheduled for 07:11) or was delayed enroute to the gate having overnighted at ORD. Not sure that Ops would have kept the FA updated as she would generally obtain her information from the flight deck and that was not staffed.
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