John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, California, at 6:55 AM. Note: Most passengers are on the planes on the tarmac. The flights board at 6:45 AM in order to have the planes ready to take-off at 7 AM. The Ruby's Diner waitress tells me that the planes line up between 6:45 AM to 7 AM in order to be the first plane to take off in the morning. The city of Newport Beach does not permit take offs prior to 7 AM. Therefore, you can see planes lined up in a traffic jam on the tarmac awaiting 7 AM.