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Traffic Jam: Extraordinary Map Shows How Many Planes are in Skies Above America Today

Thanksgiving means turkey. Thanksgiving means  football. Thanksgiving also means a lot of people taking a lot of flights to get  home before Thanksgiving and this real-time image shows the thousands of planes  in the air on the morning of the annual holiday.

It is estimated that during the day, air  traffic controllers will handle 28,537 flights and at any one moment there are  as many as 5,000 planes in the skies above the United States.

Indeed, throughout the holiday period,  airlines expect to carry 23.7 million passengers to their families which is up  approximately 150,000 from last year, according to John Heimlich, chief  economist at the industry group, Airlines for America.

Crowded Skies: In the early morning of Thanksgiving desperate family members rush to be with their loved ones and fill the skies over the United States with thousands of commercial jet liners

This comes as millions of Americans piled  their families into cars, hopped on buses and waited out delays at airports  Wednesday as they set off on their annual Thanksgiving treks.The weather, along with the economy, handed  setbacks to some. Heavy fog shrouded Chicago, causing more than 1,600 delays or  cancellations in and out of its two airports and sending ripples around the  nation.

And at New York City’s Penn Station, a power  failure in a switching system halted all trains for more than an hour at the  height of the evening commute. It caused delays of 90 minutes or more on Amtrak  and two of the nation’s busiest commuter railroads.

The effects of Superstorm Sandy added to the  hassle for travelers on the East Coast.

It is Flightradar24 that makes it possible to  track flights  all around the world, whether commercial airliners, private jets  or military aircraft.

The website’s flight map is updated every  couple of  seconds. Using  the map you can track a specific flight, mark out  its route, the airport from  which it departed and where it is supposed  to land. You can even see its  altitude and speed.

The information on the site can be grouped  by airport, to see which flights are leaving a  given airport and which planes  are expected to land within the next two  hours.

The site’s data includes each aircraft specs  (model type, serial number and airline affiliation) and tracks its most recent  flights.  Alternatively, you can narrow your selection by airline and follow  which aircrafts it has in operation.

Source: The Daily Mail

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