Thanksgiving means turkey. Thanksgiving meansÂ football. Thanksgiving also means a lot of people taking a lot of flights to getÂ home before Thanksgiving and this real-time image shows the thousands of planesÂ in the air on the morning of the annual holiday.
It is estimated that during the day, airÂ traffic controllers will handle 28,537 flights and at any one moment there areÂ as many as 5,000 planes in the skies above the United States.
Indeed, throughout the holiday period,Â airlines expect to carry 23.7 million passengers to their families which is upÂ approximately 150,000 from last year, according to John Heimlich, chiefÂ economist at the industry group, Airlines for America.
This comes as millions of Americans piledÂ their families into cars, hopped on buses and waited out delays at airportsÂ Wednesday as they set off on their annual Thanksgiving treks.The weather, along with the economy, handedÂ setbacks to some. Heavy fog shrouded Chicago, causing more than 1,600 delays orÂ cancellations in and out of its two airports and sending ripples around theÂ nation.
And at New York City’s Penn Station, a powerÂ failure in a switching system halted all trains for more than an hour at theÂ height of the evening commute. It caused delays of 90 minutes or more on AmtrakÂ and two of the nation’s busiest commuter railroads.
The effects of Superstorm Sandy added to theÂ hassle for travelers on the East Coast.
It is Flightradar24 that makes it possible toÂ track flightsÂ all around the world, whether commercial airliners, private jetsÂ or military aircraft.
The website’s flight map is updated everyÂ couple ofÂ seconds. UsingÂ the map you can track a specific flight, mark outÂ its route, the airport fromÂ which it departed and where it is supposedÂ to land. You can even see itsÂ altitude and speed.
The information on the site can be groupedÂ by airport, to see which flights are leaving aÂ given airport and which planesÂ are expected to land within the next twoÂ hours.
The site’s data includes each aircraft specsÂ (model type, serial number and airline affiliation) and tracks its most recentÂ flights.Â Alternatively, you can narrow your selection by airline and followÂ which aircrafts it has in operation.
Source: The Daily Mail