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Map Shows Every Plane In The Air In Real Time

See what half a million airborne people looks like when plotted in real-time.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on January 22, 2014. @greenidealism

In celebration of 100 years of commercial air travel, The Guardian has created a breathtaking interactive map that uses live data to show every one of the thousands of commercial planes currently in the air. These flights add up to more than half a million people in the air at any given moment, which proves just how far the industry has come since 1914.

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The sprawling aerial highways that we now rely on so heavily all started with the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, which cost passengers the equivalent of $9,000 by today’s standards. There wasn’t much choice either,  the one available route was a 29-mile hop across from Tampa Bay, and took about 20 minutes. The service lasted for three months and carried a grand total of 1200 passengers.

With that in mind, click here to see the interactive map, and witness just how much the world of air travel has flourished.

Source: io9

Images: The Guardian

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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