See all the planes in the sky right now

2014-01-23 11:40
Cape Town – In celebration of 100 years of air travel The Guardian has put together an amazing interactive map, using real time data to show the flights happening across the globe right now.  

As you read this, at least half a million human beings are in the sky, jetting off on a commercial flight to some destination for work, holiday, family responsibility and a myriad other reasons.

As The Guardian points out, plotting out the incredible web of flight routes that spread across the sky on a daily basis, reveals the interconnectedness of the modern world, as well as the uneven distribution of those connections.

While the skies above Europe, North America and Asia teem with flights, Africa and South America show far less activity.



Amazingly enough, this can all be traced back to January 1914 when Percival Elliot Fansler  decided it was time to move flight beyond the realm of fantasy to a real, commercial form of transport “from somewhere to somewhere else.”

Check out the Guardian's awesome interactive map for yourself. 
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