Tefillas Haderech on the Plane

Saying Tefilas Haderech on a Plane

Tefilas haderech should be recited if a person travels at least a parsah (approximately 2.4 miles) past iburah shel ir (the outskirts of the city). Iburah shel ir is equivalent to approximately 108 ft. after the last house of the city. 

According to most poskim, this applies to travel by air as well. If the airport is beyond the limits of the city’s populated area, the tefilah should be said when traveling to the airport, after leaving city limits. If the airport is within the city limits, it should be recited on the plane; whether it can be said before takeoff—while technically still in the city—or one must wait until after takeoff is the subject of a dispute among halachic authorities. 

If the tefilah wasn’t recited at the first opportunity, it may be said throughout the flight until the moment of landing. After landing, it may no longer be recited with Hashem’s name, unless the distance from the airport to the city of destination (where one will stay for the night) is at least a parsah. #476


Practical Halacha: One minute a day. By Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, shlita, Mara D'asra and member of the Badatz of Crown Heights.