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.
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